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Albany shootout sends bullet through daycare

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  A fight escalated into a gun battle and shots were fired into the wall of a home daycare where seven children were sleeping. 

Neighbors say the violence near the intersection of Tift Avenue and Carroll Street has gone too far and needs to stop.

Because of the violence, the Dougherty County School System locked down Jackson Heights Elementary just blocks away and held a controlled dismissal, with five Albany Police Officers on hand. 

On Tift Avenue, neighbors say they're frightened and were begging police to do something to stop the violence.

"When I went to look out the door and when I looked out the window I saw the bullet hit the house and I started pushing my momma back and I said 'momma it hit the house.'" said the daycare owner, who was too frightened to show her face.

It was a narrow miss. "I was just fixing to bring my kids outside to play and I'm glad I didn't."

Many neighbors on Tift Avenue and Carroll Street were too afraid to talk on camera, worried about retaliation.  Nearly all agree with Tommy Evans it has to stop.  

"This right here, hasn't just started it's been going on in the neighborhood now for quite a while and we have little children over here and bullets bouncing off things," Tommy Evans said.

Police responded after a fight between several people quickly turned into gunfire.

"We got a call saying that there were several subjects over here shooting on the east side, Carroll and Tift," said APD Capt. Mac Green.

At least two people have been taken into custody for questioning. "Right now we're just questioning everybody, we really don't have anything to go on yet," said Green.

Neighbors say that's not good enough. "I don't think the city, the police officers do enough to keep this violence down maybe they need to start putting some type of camera over here to see who's really doing this over here," Evans said.

They want more patrols so they can sit outside in peace. No one inside the in-home day care center was hurt, this time.  Next time neighbors worry the outcome could be much different.

Albany Police plan to step up patrols in the area and are asking anyone with information on the shooting to come forward or call Crimestoppers at 229-436-TIPS.


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