ALBANY -- The blocks around Mt. Bethel Church on the 2100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive popped with the sound of gunfire three times between 2:50 a.m. and 3:50 a.m. Saturday.
Almost as an afterthought another shot rang out at about 11:20 a.m. a little more than a mile from the church on the 1700 block of Gadsden. In three of the four shootings the victims suffered gunshots to their left legs.
An Albany Police Department official wouldn't say if the proximity and timing of the first three shootings could make them related. All the shootings remain under aggravated assault investigation.
A police report outlined the four shootings one after another. The report gave this account of the first three shootings:
An unidentified shooter fired several rounds at Carolyn Luke's home at 2020 S. Madison St. before 2:50 a.m. At least one bullet penetrated into her home. No one was injured.
About 30 yards to the south on the 600 block of Willard Avenue at about 2:55 a.m., bullets rang out and Steve Williams suffered a gunshot wound to his left leg. The gunfire came from a brown vehicle with more than a couple occupants. Williams was taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening wounds.
About three Blocks to the west of the Willard Avenue shooting at about 3:50 a.m., Jeqwan Trent walked along the 2600 block of South Jackson Street. A white minivan with at least six men in it pulled up beside him. At least one shot hit Trent in his left leg.
Trent was taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for treatment. His condition was not immediately available.
"Minutes after the shooting officers observed a white minivan occupied by several males traveling on Liberty Expressway," said Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman. "A handgun was seized. After being interviewed, several males were arrested and charged."
The reports stated that the following are charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and tampering with evidence: Octavious Jassie, 21, Rodrevious Jassie and Jemaro King, both 29, Tori Toombs and Marlon Pickett, both 33. Terrance Johnson, 30, was only charged with tampering with evidence.
The last Saturday morning shooting reported put Terrell Douglas, 17, (spelling not conformed by police) in the hospital after about 11:20 a.m. with a gunshot wound to his left thigh. No word on his condition was immediately available.
When interviewed Douglas said he was walking from his grandmother's home when he was approached by what he thought was a green Buick Regal with tinted windows. Someone from the car shot him.
There were no known suspects by 6 p.m. Saturday and the crimes remain under investigation. Anyone with additional information 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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