ALBANY, GA (WALB) –An Albany teenager is charged with murdering a friend and fellow gang member during an argument.
Investigators say the two Bloods were arguing over two pistols, when one shot his friend in the chest.
The shooter initially told Police that rival gang members killed his friend, but later confessed. Police want to make sure this murder does not turn into a gang war.
Investigators say 18 year old Malcolm Todd was staying with his good friend and fellow Blood gang member 19 year old Gerald Robinson at his home on Dobbs Drive, as he often did. The two started arguing over two pistols.
Captain Russell Barnes said "We're fairly sure it was about one of the weapons. If it was ownership, which one owned it, or who was supposed to have it or not supposed to have it."
Police say Robinson shot Todd once in the chest with a small caliber pistol. When EMT's and Police arrived, Robinson told them that rival gang members from the 8 Trey Crips shot Todd in a drive by attack.
Barnes said "And so we started looking for the rival gang members and we talked to a couple of them. And there were some issues with the story Mr. Robinson was telling."
About 3 AM Robinson finally broke down and confessed to Police he shot his friend Todd. He is now charged with murder, aggravated assault, and firearms possession. Today Police want to make sure this murder does not lead to more violence between the gangs.
Barnes said "We want to reassure the community that this is not some kind of a gang war, or a rival gang war. We also want to reassure the gang members that we are not looking to make it that. There is no need for retaliation, onr side or the other."
Robinson is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Todd's body was transported to Macon, where an autopsy will be performed Wednesday.
Police found the guns the friends were arguing over in Robinson's mobile home. They say one of them is the murder weapon. They have still not determined if they are stolen.