Argument leads to gunfire in East Albany

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 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.


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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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Sister_Ruby 2 years ago

500 series Mercedes? Life is good!!!


dingleberry 2 years ago

Righto, Sister! That's why this is the "Good Life City"--good for those on the dole and pure hell for the taxpayer. Shoot 'em up--bullets if you don't have drugs.


VietVet1 1 year, 12 months ago

As usual - Boys will be boys


whattheheck 1 year, 12 months ago

Pun intended no doubt. I always say if you can't work out your differences, shoot 'em out and try for the ultimate solution! Second choice is knife 'em out but this may not be a permanent outcome!


Sister_Ruby 1 year, 12 months ago

Unfortunately the 500 Series Mercedes doesn't even provide a significant clue in this town. I see more of those and 7-Series BMW's being driven around here by people who should not be able to afford them. A $120,000 automobile on their salary??? Unbelievable. There aren't that many jobs paying that kind of money in this town so I don't know how y'all do it. I must be helping make your payments some way.


dingleberry 1 year, 12 months ago

When the only bill someone has is a car payment and money is made under the table, it isn't so difficult to understand. Yeah, Sis, you and I and those in the minority are making a contribution to those who live the good life in the Good Life City,


DoctorDorite 1 year, 12 months ago

If this had happened next door at the new Wal-Mart it never would have been in the media, sanitized news ! Crime is down, come to Albany and feel safe, LOL


agonized 1 year, 12 months ago

I would say so, Sister_Ruby. If you don't have to pay for housing, food, income tax, plus other necessities of life, you have plenty of disposable income for car payments, although most are leased for a lower payment. In this case, I'd imagine the local drug users may be funding those Mercedes payments for the shooter.

I really feel sorry for Mr. McCollum here. At 9:50 in the morning, who really expects to encounter a shootout in the Hot Dog King? That is really not a rhetorical question and I work in downtown Albany. I guess he'll be staying home for a while. That's what's awful about these situations. There are nice people living in East Albany, including older folks, who can't afford to move. They shouldn't have to stay barricaded in their houses in fear.


waltspecht 1 year, 12 months ago

I have always been taught it is best to have one with you and never need it, than to need one and not have it. How quick do you think this FOOL would have been to pull a gun if he saw that other folks had guns? I'm sure Vietvet can tell you return fire is HELL!


Sister_Ruby 1 year, 12 months ago

"Hey you got more cole slaw on your hot dog than I did!"


Sister_Ruby 1 year, 12 months ago

Somebody's Ass is Grass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lemme Git Mah Gun Yall!!!!!!!!!!!!


rorschach 1 year, 12 months ago

Nice of the Herald to "out" the eye witness like that. They could have left his name out.


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