As of Thursday, April 4, 2013
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ALBANY, Ga. — The Albany City Manager's office has doubled the amount of money offered as a reward to those with information on a gang-related shooting that killed two people in March.
Assistant City Manager Wes Smith and Albany Police Department Spokesperson Phyllis Banks each confirmed that the city manager's office has written a check for $2,500 hoping to entice someone with a credible lead on the case to come forward. That amount brings the total offered by Crimestoppers and the City of Albany to $5,000.
William Lamont Davis Jr., and Desmond Treon Williams were killed while standing near a vehicle outside of 514 Willard Ave. when the occupants of a vehicle drove by and opened fire on March 17.
Private business owners have also contributed to the reward amount.
Banks says that only a few credible leads have come into the Crimestoppers hotline, a number that allows people to leave anonymous tips while still being eligible for a reward.
"What we need is for that someone who has that credible bit of information about the shootings to call in and hand that information over. We've gotten very few legitimate leads to come in from the public on this case."
Smith said the funds will come from City Manager James Taylor's contingency fund.