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by Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A man was shot in a home invasion early Wednesday morning. It's the third shooting in less than a week on the northwest side of the city. Police are preparing to roll out a new initiative to stop the violence in the neighborhood.    

Moultrie Police say they have more officers on the force than they did at this point last year, but neighbors say unless they're more visible on northwest streets, it won't help stop the violence.        

Neighbors along Fifth Avenue Northwest were back on their porches in the calm after the storm which came about 2:00 in the morning in a hail of bullets.  "I heard a gunshot, maybe four or five, then I heard the lady screaming and yelling, somebody help me, somebody help me," said Clifford Bennett Sr., a neighbor.

Bennett raced to his door and let his neighbor use his phone. Her boyfriend, Seller Edwards the third had been shot in the stomach in a home invasion. "Two offenders came into the apartment and shot Mr. Edwards, some one took him to the hospital," said Moultrie Police Cpl. Dave Underwood.

Calvin Edwards, Seller's uncle, said late this morning Edwards was recovering. "He's doing alright, he was in surgery last night, this morning."

But they're both worried about the violence increasing around them. "People shooting at each other, cutting each other up, and all this kind of stuff, it's terrible," said Bennett.

"Last week it was on the street back there, now its on this street and I live on the next street behind this building here, so you know it's coming closer and closer to home," said Edwards.

Moultrie Police promise more patrols, and are asking for the community's help as they follow up on leads in the case. "I think we're kind of fed up with it, we're to a point now where we're going to do what it takes, to curtail the crime," said Underwood.

Crime that people here say is making their neighborhood a dangerous place to live.

Moultrie Police don't have a good description of the two home invaders, but they're certain someone in the neighborhood saw something and they're asking those people to call the Moultrie Police Department.

Friday night, 29-year old Curtis Lee Coasey, Junior was shot and killed in his yard. 45-year-old Andre Richardson is charged with murder, but police and the GBI are still investigating.

Someone also shot at a Moultrie Police officer on patrol on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard a week ago. Police are following up on leads in that case.

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