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Man shot, pedestrian killed in separate overnight incidents

ALBANY, Ga. — A pedestrian was struck and killed Friday morning and another person shot in separate incidents overnight.

In the first incident, 23-year-old Carl Grant was shot in the back on the 600 block of Shadowlawn Drive. According to Phyllis Banks, a spokesperson for the Albany Police Department, the shooting happened around 11:10 p.m. Thursday after a Buick LaSabre drove past Grant's home while he was standing outside and fired multiple shots in his direction.

Police located the vehicle and the occupants fled near Heard Avenue in South Albany. A 16-year-old male suspect was arrested near the 400 block of Ebony Lane. He's been charged with aggravated assault and was taken to the Albany Regional Youth Detention Center.

Additional arrests are pending.

Greg Edwards, the Dougherty District Attorney, said that even though aggravated assault is one of Georgia's "Seven Deadly Sins" that automatically mean the teen would be tried as an adult, he would look at the circumstances of the case and, if it merits it, would consider trying him as an adult.

"It's all according to the facts and circumstances of the case," Edwards said. "But just because it's not one of the seven deadly sins doesn't mean we can't attempt to try him as an adult. We'll just have to see."

For now, because he's 16, Georgia law prevents police from releasing his name or mug shot to the press.

In the second incident, a 55-year-old man was killed while walking near the Pilot truck stop at the intersection of Clark Avenue and Cordele Road after being struck by a car.

The crash happened around 5:35 a.m. and Banks says the man was struck by a silver-colored Honda Civic driven by Michael Ireland of Tifton. Ireland reportedly told police that he didn't see the man as he was bicycling across the road.

The APD's traffic unit continues to investigate the incident and charges are pending.