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75 minutes for Albany police: three violent crimes

ALBANY, Ga. -- In a little less than 75 minutes, officers responded to two shootings and an armed robbery Thursday night, according to Albany Police Department reports.

The last case at about 11:12 p.m. held a legal twist involving a man possibly defending his home.

Officers responded to a shooting on the 400 block of Alice Avenue to find Yasmine Walker, 15, suffering a gunshot wound to her left thumb, said Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman.

Considering that police earlier arrested a man for firing a handgun at a home at 439 Alice Ave., the shot could have been from that direction.

Cecil Tyson, 58, was arrested at that address on reckless conduct charges for firing shots, officials reported. Police did not confirm that Tyson fired the shot that injured Walker.

Early police reports stated Tyson's home was being broken into. Tyson's response to the break-in was to fire several shots, the early report added.

"That has changed. We don't know why he was shooting," Banks said "Walker and other juveniles have been ruled out of a connection to a burglary."

Greg Edwards, district attorney for the Dougherty Judicial Circuit, said that using deadly force to protect one's household and life is permissible under the law, but there are rules.

"If a person is running away from a home, you can't shoot them. We have to investigate what happened in this situation," Edwards said. "There has to be a tumultuous entrance to the home that places the people in the house in fear for their lives."

Walker was released from Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said on Friday.

The night's late run of violence started with a shooting a little more than a mile away just after 10 p.m.

"Marcus Shandon, 21, reported that he was walking near the intersection of South Van Buren Street and West Lincoln Avenue when he heard several gunshots," said Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman.

Shandon suffered two gunshot wounds, a police report stated. He was hit in the shoulder and ankle, it added.

Looking for assistance, Shandon made his way to a home on the 800 block of Mercer Avenue, Banks said. Police and Dougherty County EMS arrived on the scene and Shandon was taken to a hospital, she added.

Shandon was released from Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, said a hospital spokeswoman.

In the continuing violence an armed robber entered the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on the 2700 block of Dawson Road at about 10:30 p.m., a police report stated.

"The store manager, Lazela Mosley, age 37, told police an unknown person entered the store armed with an unknown object," Banks said. "She stated that the suspect assaulted her and then fled the store with an unknown amount of money."

Anyone with additional information should call Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477) or investigations at (229) 431-3288. The Spanish speaking APD-COP Tip Line is (229) 434-2677.

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