ALBANY ALBANY, Ga. — Death came for 24-year-old Dontavious Luke just before 4 a.m. Sunday in a fusillade of bullets at the Shackelford Shopping Center parking lot
The shooting was one of three reported early Sunday in Albany, Albany Police said.
According to Albany Police Department reports, three others received gunshots during the melee at the 261 E. Oglethorpe Blvd. parking lot, and one man was attacked with a sharp high-heel shoe.
Luke has a long criminal history as a member in the Westside Rattlers gang, police said. The Dougherty County Court docket search website cmwebsearchpp/login.aspx confirmed incidents of gang participation.
“Since this case is possibly gang related, we have a collaborative effort with our Robbery-Homicide Unit to investigate any details related to that activity,” said police Gang Unit Cpl. Prurince Dice, at a 4:30 p.m. news conference.
Montravious Luke, the 28-year-old brother of Dontavious, suffered gunshots to the chest and side. The 21-year-old woman among the injured men, Whitney Williams, endured a bullet in her upper left thigh. Kelvin Drake suffered a gunshot wound to both his hands. Cartez Haines was struck on his head with a high-heel shoe.
The crowd had been at the Sand Trap bar before the shooting, said a source close to the investigation. The first shooting of the night came before 3:36 a.m. in the bar’s parking lot. Twenty-three-year-old Rashad Jackson was transported to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the calf. He was treated and released, a police report added.
The fatal shooting and fight at the Shackelford Shopping Center may have been a spillover from the first shooting, but police would not confirm or deny. Officers on patrol had heard the shots, responded and “secured the area,” according to a report.
“We have spoken to the victims and the witnesses,” said police Cpl. Arthur Tyler. “This is an active investigation. We are getting information.”
In another incident, police said at 4:25 a.m. men jumped from two vehicles to attack 27-year-old Manasseh Skinner on the 1400 block of South Van Buren Street. A gunshot during the attack hit Skinner in the right hand. The attackers fled before officers arrived.
Skinner was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released. reports indicated.
Anyone with additional information on any of the shootings should call investigations at (229) 431-3288 or Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477). The Spanish speaking APD-COP Tip Line is (229) 434-2677.
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