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January 4, 2004

Albany- An Albany man died Tuesday night, apparently killed at his own hands.

Albany Police think 53-year-old Robert Creel was cleaning a 7-millimeter hunting rifle in an apartment on West Broad Avenue around 6 p.m. when the gun discharged.

Even people who live a couple of blocks away heard the shot.

"It was loud enough that I knew it was a shotgun, or sounded like a shotgun, it was pretty loud," said Ken Rice who live in the area. "And I figured something bad must have happened because you don't hear that around here very much."

Creel was rushed to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, but he did not survive.

posted at 10:57 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com

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