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Shooting suspects are in jail

January 17, 2006

Albany-- Around 3:00 Monday afternoon, police nabbed 26-year old Earl Scott. They say he played a vital role in the armed robbery and shooting that left two men injured, one of them critically.

Police say Bobby Gene Thomas and Earl Scott walked into the Dixie Food Mart at 1400 Broad Avenue around noon on Saturday. They got the cash, but then shot two people.

Early Sunday, Thomas was arrested for the shooting. Today, Earl Scott was arrested and transported to the Dougherty County Jail.

Police say the two men robbed the owner of the store, Gary Patel at gunpoint, then shot Patel in the leg, and customer Herby Wells in the head.

Patel is okay, but Wells is still in critical condition. In August, we interviewed 54-year old Herby Wells who was a well-known and well-liked customer at the Dixie Mart.

We talked about what he would do if he won the lottery. He said he would take a trip.

Lt. James Williams says showing the suspects pictures on TV led to a quick arrest. "It feels good that the community trusts us, we trust in them that we can get the information out to them and they can call us and depend on us and hold us accountable that we're going to do what we say we're going to do," said APD Lt. James Williams.

Scott and Thomas are charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault. Both are being held in the Dougherty County Jail.

Cameras at the store caught the robbery and shooting on tape, helping police to identify the suspects. Lt. Williams says he would encourage all store owners to get cameras in order to protect themselves in the event of a robbery.

Police say Wells underwent surgery this morning at an Albany hospital, but is still in critical condition.

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