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SSU tightens campus security after weekend shooting

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An SSU student weighs in on campus security after the weekend shooting. An SSU student weighs in on campus security after the weekend shooting.
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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Savannah State University students were back in class Monday after a weekend shooting that still has students concerned for their safety.

"I feel like the safety they provide us is good. It's just they need to better control the people who don't actually go to this school, to make sure they don't come on campus at anytime of the day or night," said SSU Student Ayo Ogunsanmi.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, someone shot and killed 20-year-old Donald Bernard Lewis early Saturday morning in the parking lot of the University Village student housing complex.

Investigators are following leads, but the shooter is still on the loose. The fact that the victim was not a student has SSU tightening up the campus security even more.

"We did implement Saturday evening an enhanced screening process at our entry gate in the evening to include a more detailed evaluation of student IDs, [and] questioning and stopping individuals who do not have an ID coming on campus after hours," said Edward Jolley, the vice president of business and financial affairs.

On top of that, they have increased the number of officers patrolling the campus in the residential areas. Students, like Ogunsanmi, say they have already noticed these changes.

"The very next night, security was tighter letting people into the gate, and there was actually traffic in the LaRoache gate entrance. There were just a lot of cars piled up trying to get into the school," Ogunsanmi said.

Campus officials said they also have plans to add more sworn-officers to patrol as well as enhance their on-campus security cameras.

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