Police, politicians implore public's help on crime

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Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are "calling on the public and the faith-based community to help quell a series of incidents in which shots have been fired, apparently in retaliation to other incidents," a department spokesman says.

The victim of shooting Wednesday at Utah Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, Marion D. McClendon, 29, of Savannah died of his injuries Thursday afternoon. Three incidents were reported Thursday night in which shots were fired and at least two males received gunshot wounds. One person has been taken into custody. Several people in at least one house received superficial injuries from debris from the impact of the bullets.

“It appears that some people are taking the law into their own hands and innocent people could be caught in the process,” said Police Chief Julie Tolbert. “We are calling on the public, and religious organizations to help us stop this before that happens.”

Police have identified some subjects who seem to be targets of the violence and are trying to find them to get them off the streets.

Anyone with information is asked to call a confidential Tip Line directly to investigators at (912) 525-3124.

Callers can also call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637) using the keyword CSTOP2020. Tipsters to Crimestoppers remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.




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