Bystander wounded in gunfire exchange

ALBANY — A man leaving in his truck from a Tuesday evening cookout was grazed by a bullet. According to Phyllis Banks, spokeswoman for the Albany Police Department, Donald Tumlin, 51, was leaving the cookout on the 2200 block of South Jackson Street shortly after 8 p.m. when unknown suspects began shooting at the occupants of a separate red vehicle.

The occupants began shooting back, Tumlin told police, and Tumlin was struck in the shoulder by a bullet. By Tumlin’s report, the bullet had passed though the tool box and the truck itself before striking him.

After searching the area for the vehicle, described as a red Ford Mustang or Dodge Challenger, officers found a matching Dodge Challenger with two male suspects at the Woodall’s gas station, 235 East Oglethorpe Boulevard, officials say. The suspects were arrested and transported to the Law Enforcement Center on West Oglethorpe Boulevard where they were interviewed and released. The investigation in continuing, Banks said. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call (229) 436-TIPS.

The victim was treated at the scene, officials say, but told officers he would drive himself to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for further attention.