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Multiple shootings occur Saturday morning

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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Comments

Sister_Ruby 2 years, 2 months ago

In Albany, between the hours of midnight and 7am, it's a good time to be asleep in your bed, with doors bolted and locked, security system activated, and your choice of a high caliber Smith & Wesson product in the bedside table drawer. Don't answer the door and keep your phone close with 911 programmed on speed dial. No charge for this advice.

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ugonelearn 2 years, 2 months ago

move and get a life no charge for this advice from me

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 2 months ago

Geees even the Thug wannabes in Albany are a joke. Come on guys practice practice….. a left leg shot ain’t nothing. Running around like a headless Chicken slinging lead is Chicken POOP. Standup like a MAN and take your shot and use both hands. Remember there are innocent children and women where you are trying to play tough guy,,,,,,, so GROW UP.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 2 months ago

WHAT?????? Abytaxpayer said "Geees even the Thug wannabes in Albany are a joke. Come on guys practice practice….. a left leg shot ain’t nothing. Running around like a headless Chicken slinging lead is Chicken POOP." Standup like a MAN and take your shot and use both hands Taxpayer.......I cant believe you would encourage people to shoot and kill others. Statements like this is going too far. Why would you encourage thugs to practice to kill???? Then you try to clean it up by offering some words of advice about innocent children.....How does that one statement help out the damage you created in the first two sentences? ......You sir are a sick man and you have lost all credibility. Debating a topic and disagreeing is one thing, but this is out of bounds.

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gotanyfacts 2 years, 2 months ago

Sarcastic humor has its place and its limits. I agree with Coach that ABY went past the limits. Perhaps he mistakenly thought that the "thugs" could be shamed.

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Jacob 2 years, 2 months ago

Now that is perfect irony. Coarch critisizing someone's credibility is like Obama critisizing someone's fiscal irresponsibility. Thanks for the laugh.

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MRKIA 2 years, 2 months ago

DON'T START WITH THE OBAMA STUFF.

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gaemt 2 years, 2 months ago

I have to agree with sister_ruby. People who are at home in their beds at 3am are far less likely to find themselves with gunshot wounds than those who choose to be out running the streets all hours of the night.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 2 months ago

For the first time....Sister Ruby made a decent point without using racial OVERTONES.......so, she deserves some credit.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 2 months ago

Not the first time. People see what they want to see. Some people see racism hiding under every shrub.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 2 months ago

You're right ...you did make a good point once back in march without using racial overtones........so, hooray.....

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VSU 2 years, 2 months ago

Sounds to me Abytaxpayer might have been pointing out that the thugs should not be shooting randomly as they may injure a young child or somebody they were not intending to shoot.

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 2 months ago

Thank you VSC... How many times have we heard of people and their homes being hit by stray bullets? If these chickens were even close to being a man they would attack by hand to hand. But the chicken poop they are they hide behind a gun they are not even man enough to handle properly.

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collegegrad 2 years, 2 months ago

all those guys traveling in that white minivan are from DAWSON.

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erudite 2 years, 2 months ago

I think the social commentator Chris Rock (yes, that Chris Rock) said it best. Let people have guns but make the price of a single bullet $500!

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chinaberry25 2 years, 2 months ago

There is a curfew, enforce. it. Anyone out walking the street that late, gets what ever comes their way. And it ends up costing the rest of the few taxpayers left in Albany big bucks. The person shot should be charged too.

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 2 months ago

Coach I am SO Sorry I offended your sensitive feelings. While you were beating up on me NOT once did you speak out against the low life chickens driving around shooting at each other.

Please note unlike you claimed I never suggested they go out and shoot and kill others, I just ask if they MUST shoot please try to get it right with one shoot which would greatly reduce the danger of stray bullets to the rest of Society.

Okay how about I join your BS group and say: O please young men of Albany Please stop riding around shooting guns you might hit someone you did not mean to and cause that persons family to lose a loved one. Is that to your liking??

Get off you BS pulpit and face the faces. Until you and your followers standup and demand these thugs respect Society and each other and STOP shooting each other they will scurry around like roaches and take pot shots at each other endangering EVERYONE within thousands of feet of their intended victim.

So I ask you WHO is the most dangerous? Me for accepting they are a fact of Life in Albany and asking them to at least be proficient and show more "Due diligence" when they just have to shoot at each other OR is it you and your followers who sit on you’re a$$ and do nothing but condemn me for asking they be careful around the innocent people.

It is SAD but funny you support Sister’s call to arm yourself but you don’t want the thugs keeping their fights just between themselves and away from the rest of Society.

Stand up to them and I will stand with you Coach or just sit there and I will sit here and post condolences for the next innocent victim. The Police cannot stop this without the support of the community.

You call me sick for not ignoring the fact they shoot at each other with intent to kill.

I say you are sick for accepting what they are trying to do to each other.

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VSU 2 years, 2 months ago

You didn't really think coach was smart enough to have seen your point of view do you? I read your post and knew exactly what you were trying to say. The big question is Why does anybody have to shoot anybody? People have nothing better to do with their lives than to shoot at each other or randomly shoot people with no reason..Someone loses an argument, but can't take it like a man, they have to get a gun and shoot them. Like you said, they shoot in all directions with no remorse or care as to who they may hit. People like this need to be locked up for life and has no business moving around in society.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 2 months ago

You can make your point without suggesting people practice to kill....totally out of line and you should be ashamed. You never know who is reading your daily exaggerated crap and B.S. That crosses the line.....and you sir, are wrong....

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agirl_25 2 years, 2 months ago

Not that it matters but I would like to stick a comment in here about shooting which I found rather interesting and was not aware of. If you remember the Soweta uprisings of 1976 you may remember there were hundreds of black Africans killed by the soldiers. In 2000 I met one of the soldiers who was an Afrikaner (Dutch) and he told me he was one of the policemen who was involved in the shootings back then. He said that during the riots there were quarter of a million students rioting and only 350 reported deaths because they had orders to shoot the students in the knees to cripple them, not to kill them. I found that interesting. Anyway, I am done...I remembered it when you brought up the topic of shooting randomly.

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 2 months ago

So you don’t want them to practice and just keep randomly shooting at each other? How are you going to feel when a friend or family member is shot by one of these low lifes? Maybe if they had been a better shot your friend or relative would still be safe! You can’t have it both ways either call for community support to push these low lifes out of Albany or accept because they are too lazy to become good at doing something right they will be a danger to everyone NOT just each other. Now just how is being realistic about the FACTs crossing the line and so wrong. Besides look at it this way the better they are the sooner we will be rid of most of them and the less in medical cost Obuma Care will have to pay. The truth is most of them are spineless thug wannabe who are Not MAN enough to stand their ground and fight but feel they are a Big Man when they can pull a trigger no matter how poorly they are at controlling it. Your Condemning me has done nothing to protect the innocent while if you supported me it just might save some innocent life.

O Pious One. What gives you the right so say “You never know who is reading your daily exaggerated crap and B.S. That crosses the line.....and you sir, are wrong....” So can we not be FAIR and Balanced here? Are they not entitled to see my side as much as they are to see your daily exaggerated crap and B.S.

More Liberalism superiority to anyone else, this is evidenced by the need to destroy anyone who disagrees with them the need to call names and shut up anyone who they feel is beneath thier psychotic beliefs and fantasies.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 2 months ago

Even though your credibility is now shot and nothing you say matters anymore, I have a question for you. Do you really think that if someone doesn't always buy into your idiotic psycho-pathic ideas that they automatically believe the other side of the debate or argument? Some people just don't want be apart of your right-winged extreme world but still remain quiet. Sometimes its not worth even blogging about. You sound like a street preacher just hollering at the wind, and nobody cares what you are blabbering about. Goodbye!!

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 2 months ago

Come on Coach you are slipping. You forgot one important step before you RUN AWAY from the Truth. Come on you must call me racist before you RUN AWAY!!!! You did give it a good try to follow the Liddy Dumbacrate rules.

You did try to follow the rules!!!! "More Liberalism superiority to anyone else, this is evidenced by the need to destroy anyone who disagrees with them the need to call names and shut up anyone who they feel is beneath their psychotic beliefs and fantasies." You decided my credibility is no good and nothing I say matters....Glad you see fit to be such a Great LIBBY Judge....Thank You for your Opinion.

But the TRUTH is My idea to work harder would save lives and heartache. Your dismissal of my idea puts everyone around you in danger. But as usual you defend the Lawless, liars, cheaters and thief’s. No wonder NO ONE respects you and your’s.

You reap what you sow. Good Luck and Duck. that ain't fireworks!!!

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VSU 2 years, 2 months ago

You never know corch. The life you save may be your own.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 2 months ago

Keep following me around the blogs VSU, you might gain some credibility.....

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VSU 2 years, 2 months ago

or more likely discredibility.

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Jacob 2 years, 2 months ago

Rather than your usual response of name calling and racist propaganda, why don't you use some of that negative energy to start proposing positive change in the community. Or do you enjoy kicking back an blaming whitey as young black men continue to shoot one another, rob and steal from everyone and sire illigitimate children that they wont' care for? What say you, then coach? What have you done today to help, other than blame whitey?

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 2 months ago

I dont blame whitey ....fool....where did you get that crap from? Did VSU tell you to say that? That sounds like his bull.

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Hawk59 2 years, 2 months ago

Jacob, well said but your comment should not only apply to Coach. It would be a good idea for all to use this format to pitch and share positive thinking. We would all benefit from taking these negative vibes and turning them into something more useful.

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