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Man distraught over lost job, takes his own life

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  An East Albany man, distraught over losing his job, shot and killed himself in his front yard Friday.

Thirty-five year old Derrell Maurice Young shot himself with an SK-5 assault rifle outside his home on Frotscher Street, near Mitchell Avenue. Neighbors heard the gunshot just before one this afternoon. Young's wife and sister told police he was distraught over the closure of a gym that he operated at Ft. Gordon in Atlanta. One of Young's neighbors called 911 just before the shooting.

"There were some discussions before this event took place. The police were notified, however, before the police arrived on the scene apparently the victim took his own life," said Greg Edwards, Dougherty District Attorney.

Police say extra units were sent to the neighborhood because many neighbors called reporting a person with a gun and shots fired in the neighborhood.


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