ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WNCN) — Rocky Mount’s mayor and police department have moved up an emergency meeting where they say they will discuss their plans to stop the series of deadly shootings in the city.

The meeting, that was originally scheduled for May 10 at 2 p.m., will now take place Saturday morning at 10 a.m. following an emergency release by Mayor Sandy Roberson.

Over the last week, there have been four deadly shootings, including one at a Chili’s Friday night, two over the weekend and one Thursday morning.

‘This has got to stop and we need to stop it. I don’t care if it’s drug or gang-related. It doesn’t matter,” Roberson said. “These are our young people and we need to protect them and stop the violence immediately. I’ve talked to the other council members and they are in total agreement to finding a quick and lasting solution.”

Roberson originally said she and city officials were speaking with a “heavy heart” when the original news conference was scheduled at 2 p.m. on May 10.

“While it may appear that city leadership is not in control, it is in fact quite the opposite,” Roberson said in a statement. “Both Chief Hassell and interim City Manager Varney are actively investigating each incident, arresting the perpetrators, and ensuring the public is not in danger.”

Roberson said the shootings were either related to drugs or gangs, or that the parties knew each other.

“These are not random shootings and detectives are following up on all leads,” Roberson said.