Albany Police Department officers are searching for this man in connection with a shooting outside Hot Dog King at 9:50 a.m. Thursday in East Albany on Cordele Road.
ALBANY — An argument in an East Albany Hot Dog King became deadly serious when a man went to his car and grabbed a gun at about 9:50 a.m. Thursday, stated an Albany Police Department report.
The situation began when two men began an argument in the restaurant, police said.
Aretavis Washington, 26, saw the unidentified shooter leave the restaurant to obtain a gun from his vehicle. Washington then ran to his Dodge Ram pickup to escape while his adversary shot at him, the report stated. Several shots were fired, but no one was injured, the report indicated.
“No arrests have been made at this time,” said Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman, at about 4 p.m. Thursday. “Police are still searching for the vehicle and the suspects.”
Police are searching for the shooter, who drove away accompanied by a woman in a white or pearl colored, mid-2000 year Mercedes 500 model with tinted windows.
An eyewitness, Joe McCollum, said he came eye to eye with the shooter during the incident at 110 Cordele Road.
McCollum said the two men started arguing in the restaurant. One man left and took what looked like a .40-caliber Glock semi-automatic handgun out of a Mercedes’ trunk. Another man took off through the restaurant and ran out the back door.
The intended target, identified by police as Washington, ran to his pickup parked in front of the Dollar Store a couple doors away from the restaurant.
The shooter ran in front of the pickup and Washington tried to ram the shooter. The shooter went up on the pickup’s hood and dropped to the sidewalk standing.
“He didn’t lose his footing,” said McCollum, a retired East Albany businessman. “He started firing into the truck.”
Washington turned his pickup around and drove away, the witness said. He said the shooter had fired three bullets. Seeing the shell casings hit the ground, McCollum ran over to stand by them to preserve the crime scene.
McCollum said he came face to face with the shooter and feared for his safety. However, the shooter got in his car and drove away. McCollum dialed 911.
“He looked at me as if he was going to shoot,” McCollum said. “Then he sort of hesitated and got in his car. I’m still shaking.”
Anyone encountering the suspects or the Mercedes should stay away from them. Instead call investigations at (229) 431-3288. Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477). The Spanish speaking APD-COP Tip Line is (229) 434-2677.
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