ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Albany Police are investigating the murder of an Albany man, found shot to death outside a South Albany apartment door late last night. Police say they have few clues and no suspects.
This was the third homicide in ten days in Albany, and the 8th of the year.
Albany Police were called to 417 Alice Avenue just before ten Sunday night. Initial callers said there had been a drive by shooting. 53 year old Bobby Clay was found in a pool of blood, just outside the door of an apartment where another man was shot a month before.
Clay was also known around this South Albany community as Bobby Minor. Investigators say he was shot in the back.
A neighbor, Dixie King, said "I heard 3 shots." KKing said he saw Clay at the Alice Avenue Apartments earlier Sunday, just sitting outside.
Sonteanna Freeman said she also heard three shots, and made her three kids lie on the floor. She said Clay would help watch her children.
Freeman said "He would play outside with them. Just watch them, that's it basically." Well, tell me about him. "He was all right. He was good to me." Why would anybody shoot him? I have no idea."
Police say so far their investigation has turned up very little. They don't believe it was a drive by shooting, but have little other information.
October 15th at this same apartment, the man who lived there, 37 year old Shelton Jones was shot in the leg when he answered a 4AM knock at this door. No one has been charged in that shooting. King said the people who live in this neighborhood know there is a lot of violence in the community.
King said "I understand that. We all understand that." Are you worried about this going on around you? "Oh yes, I'm moving. I'm moving. I can't stay around here like this."
Neighbors who live in houses around the apartments say they know about the recent shootings, but don't want to get involved. They stay inside their homes and mind their own business to stay safe.
Neighbor Charlie Williams said "Not really, because I been in my house alone. Oh, that's the best I can tell you."
Neighbor Jessie Waddell said "I don't bother nobody, so I don't be worried about it. They don't bother me and I don't bother them."
Clay did not have a job, and had a number of arrests for cocaine possession, burglary, and theft. Police are asking for help finding out who shot him.
The owner of the Alice Avenue Apartments says he's surprised by the recent violence and thought the area was relatively crime free.
Albany Police are asking for your help in finding the murderer of Bobby Clay. If you have any information, call Albany Police at 431-2100, or CRIME STOPPERS at 436-TIPS.