Men shot in robbery are jailed



ALBANY, Ga. -- After their discharge from separate hospitals Thursday, two attempted robbers went straight to the Dougherty County Jail.

Carl Jackson, 25, and Kenneth Gay, 21, are suspects in an attempted robbery of a friendly card game at a 4412 Woodcrest Drive residence about 1 a.m. Thursday, police say. Instead, they were hit by bullets fired by William Connell, one of the intended victims, the police report states.

Jackson is charged with armed robbery, burglary and aggravated assault. Gay is charged with armed robbery and burglary. Neither had bail set on Friday, a jail spokeswoman said.

Jackson, armed with a handgun, and Gay armed with a "stick," tried to rob five men during their card game, Albany Police Department spokeswoman Phyllis Banks said. Connell, one of the intended victims, pulled out his own gun and fired away.

Jackson was taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said. Gay drove himself to Palmyra Medical Center.

While Jackson was shot in the head (the wound and the stitches used to sew it up are visible in his mug shot) Gay was "shot in the back of his shoulder," Banks said.

Police did not disclose whether Connell was licensed to carry a gun.

There is a possibility that he may have overstepped legal bounds in the shooting.

District Attorney Greg Edwards, in various gun safety classes and in public service interviews at different community gatherings, has always stressed that it is legal to defend oneself against deadly force, but there is a limit. For example, Edwards has said, it is illegal to chase a fleeing assailant and shoot him.

The case is still under investigation by police. As is typical in shooting cases, the District Attorneys Office staff will review the investigation and a decision will be made or whether to bring it before a grand jury.