Shooting, accident probes continue

ALBANY -- The Albany Police Department is investigating two weekend incidents, including a shooting.

The gunplay occurred during a card game at 1411 E. First Ave. just after 5 p.m. Sunday.

"Individuals were playing cards when Wayland Lemon Phillips, 37, was approached by the suspect," said Phyllis Banks, spokeswoman for the APD. "(Phillips) was shot in the right thigh and abdomen.

"We are looking for a person of interest in the case."

That person of interest is Derries "Blackberry" Spann, 32, who is wanted for questioning.

Phillips remained at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Monday evening, where he was listed in fair condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Anyone with information on Spann is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS, or the APD at (229) 431-2100.

APD also is looking for the driver of a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado that left after being involved in an accident on the Liberty Expressway near the Jefferson Street exit.

"(The driver) was driving in the northbound lane when he struck a guardrail and hit a tree," Banks said.

The incident occurred just before 8 a.m. Sunday. Authorities believe a 24-year-old Hispanic man, last thought to have lived on West First Avenue, was behind the wheel of the truck.

"It is possible he has a head and foot injury," Banks said.