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Savannah witness to five shootings in two days

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Savannah has witnessed five shootings in less than two days, with two of those shootings happening on Thursday night.

Police see the spike in crime around this time of the year, saying it is hot, school is out and more people are out and about, but since they anticipate the spike, they have programs in place to help prevent it.

It has been a violent back to back days in Savannah, with the timeline beginning on Wednesday night when one man was shot at the corner of Whitaker and Hall.

Less than two hours later, another person was found with gunshot wounds in a house on Henry Street. Less than an hour after that, police stopped a speeding car with a man who was reportedly shot near Abbot and Chester.

On Thursday night, police found a 17 year old shot on 36th Street, and just after that, a woman was shot on W. 39th Street.

By the numbers, that is five shootings with five injured, all in a 25 hour span. It appears to be a summertime spike that the police notice.

"Warmer temperatures, people are out, people are going to parties, people are interacting with each other more, and it is human nature to sometimes get upset with each other," said SCMPD APO Barry Lewis.

Since officers anticipate the spike, they initiated an all hands on deck program they call the 90 Days of Summer.

"We kind of ask that they hold off on vacations," said Lewis. "Not that they can't take the vacations, but we ask that at least for the 90 days, so we at least have that presence. Detectives are working with patrol, patrol is working with the CPO, and we target those specific areas that we keep getting spikes in."

With these shooters still on the loose, organizations like CrimeStoppers want to emphasize that you can help with these cases, and never once have to give your name.

"People are concerned about that, they don't want retaliation," said Catherine Neal from CrimeStoppers. "They don't want to feel like a snitch, those types of things. And that's all well and fine, like I said, we don't want your name. All we want is the information that we have, and we'll be happy to pay a reward if that information is good and they make an arrest."  

If you have any info on any of these shootings, please call CrimeStoppers at 912.234.2020.

All five people injured in the shootings are expected to be ok. The SCMPD continues to investigate.

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Savannah has witnessed five shootings in less than two days, with two of those shootings happening on Thursday night.
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