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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