ALBANY, Ga. — Two men were killed in a drive-by shooting on Willard Avenue Sunday night, police officials say.
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.
Police say that Davis and Williams were standing next to a tan Ford Crown Victoria when a vehicle drove by and fired several shots into the vehicle. The person inside the vehicle, Nicolas Tremaine Wright, was not injured.
Davis and Williams are the first Albany homicides of the year.
The shooting prompted police to elevate their patrols in certain Albany neighborhoods in hopes of heading off any plans for retaliation.
Court records show that Davis negotiated a plea deal with the Dougherty District Attorney’s Office to plead guilty on March 8 to aggravated assault and violation of the street gang terrorism act for an Oct. 26, 2011 incident in which prosecutors allege that he did “aid and abet” shooting a handgun towards Dougherty County High School students.
He was given 10 years probation under Georgia’s First Offender Act.
Williams has also been linked by the state to at least two street gangs and was charged in connection to an April 2012 shooting in which prosecutors alleged in court documents that he tried to kill a man on Patrol Drive, instead striking a woman who was inside the home.
Williams was granted a $25,000
bond on June 8, 2012, and placed on electronic house arrest with an electronic ankle monitor.
Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards was reluctant to speculate on motive for the drive-by, but said that an incident a few nights ago may have stirred up aggressions.
“Speculatively, there was a incident a few nights ago that he (Davis) may have been involved in that could’ve had something to do with the shooting last night, but at this point we just don’t know for sure,” Edwards said.
Edwards said that police learned Williams was in violation of his electronic house arrest when he was in route to the hospital.
The investigation is ongoing.