SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Fifty-four people have died from gun violence in the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police jurisdiction. Now, police are calling for help.
The city of Savannah has not seen this high amount of gun violence since the infamous Ricky Jivens gang walked the streets in the early 1990's. The police department is working in partnerships with the Chatham County Sheriff's Department, GBI, FBI, and U.S. Marshals. In fact, the U.S. Marshals Office Task Force is coming to Savannah by the end of the month, and between 15 and 20 Federal Marshals will help with patrolling and apprehending offenders.
"We really don't know why we have had so many shootings. We only know that when we make arrests, we find that there are numerous guns in the possession of the offender. Now, where he or she is getting the weapons from, is a challenge for us to try to find out. There are a lot of guns in Savannah, obviously, and people are not afraid to use them," said Assistant Chief Julie Tolbert, SCMPD. "Every time someone gets away having committed a murder, the likelihood of them committing another increases and endangers us all."
The Savannah-Chatham Police Department's Special Task Force on Gun Violence has been working overtime this past week, arresting 47 people: 23 of those were felony offenses. But, still it's not enough. The department is dealing with staffing shortages. That's why they are calling for help from outside agencies.
The most important part to help end gun violence is you helping to get these violent offenders off the streets.