Columbus Council votes to close Carver Park on weekends after two deadly shootings in 2021

Columbus Council votes to close Carver Park on weekends after two deadly shootings in 2021
Published: Aug. 31, 2021 at 12:04 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The Columbus Council voted to close Carver Park on the weekends after two people have been killed in shootings in the park this year.

District 4 Councilor Toiya Tucker requested the closure for Saturdays and Sundays for 30 days. She says this will help address public safety concerns - such as ensuring cameras are put in place, closing the back entrance, making the park a one-way in and one-way out.

In February, 16-year-old Corey Jones was the victim to a Carver Park shooting, and died three days later from his injuries. Tucker moved for the hours to be changed to 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Since then, a gate has been put in place and is locked when the park is closed.

On August 21, 44-year-old Andrea Ellis was shot while protecting her 3-year-old niece, who also was injured. Ellis died from her injuries a few days later.

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