Charges filed in downtown Albany shooting

Early Monday drive-by shooting results in multiple injuries

ALBANY — A 35-year-old man arrested Monday is facing multiple charges following a shooting earlier in the day in the downtown Albany area.

The incident was reported to have taken place in the area of the 100 block of West Oglethorpe Boulevard between 2:39 a.m. and 2:50 a.m. Initial reports provided by Phyllis Banks, spokeswoman for the Albany Police Department, said three people were injured after a suspect drove up beside their car and fired inside. However, four people apparently were in the car and were taken to the hospital.

The initial investigation revealed the incident stemmed from the suspect and the victims getting into some sort of altercation that began at Icons nightclub on North Washington Street, Albany Police said. At some point, police said the altercation turned physical between one of the victims and the suspect. After they left the club, the argument continued. The victims stated they got into their vehicle, a Ford Crown Victoria, and traveled west on West Oglethorpe Boulevard. A gray Mercedes then reportedly drove up next to them and began shooting into their vehicle.

The victim crashed his vehicle into the Division of Family and Children Services building on Oglethorpe, while the suspect fled the scene, but subsequently crashed his vehicle on Broadway Court and fled on foot, Banks said.

Officers were sent combing an area in East Albany searching for the suspect, who was described as a black male in his 30s who was about 5 foot 6 inches and wearing a plaid shirt and jeans driving a Mercedes E350. The vehicle was confiscated after the suspect wrecked the car and then jumped out, Banks said.

Gamba Brown, 35, was found and taken into custody shortly before 8 a.m. Monday on the 300 block of Clark Avenue and sent to the APD Law Enforcement Center for questioning. He was later charged with four counts of aggravated assault, one count of terroristic threats and acts, one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Banks said.

Brown has been transported to the Dougherty County Jail. The victims, ranging in ages 20-22, were identified as Javarus Thomas, Travis Bradford, Angelique Stokes and Sharnelle Sewer — all of whom reportedly sustained injuries. Thomas, Stokes and Sewer had all been discharged from Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital by midday Monday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman was unable to find any information on Bradford.