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October 1, 2007

Albany - - The search continues tonight for one of two suspects police believe gunned down a teenager outside his grandmother's home. Albany police arrested one suspected gang member they think randomly shot 17 year old Deariesus Williams nearly two weeks ago. Williams was seriously wounded, but is home from the hospital now.

Balloons and get will wishes are still coming for 17 year old Deariesus Williams. Family and friend call him Pig.

"Get well soon. Thinking of you," his mother Gwendolen reads from the balloons sitting in her living room.

Fellow band members at Monroe High School created a huge "We Miss You" card. It's been almost two weeks now since Williams was shot in his head, back, and chest. 

He was visiting his grandmother at her home on Elm Street and Gillespie Avenue. He was with his mother and two younger brothers. His mother was inside, he was outside waiting to go home. That's when suspected gang members shot him at random.

When it happened, he came running to his grandmother's door. His mother answered.

"I looked and I'm like 'Pig they shot you?' I said, 'they shot my baby'. He walked two steps and he fell."

About a week later, police arrested 18 year old Montrell Mallard, his street name is Bud. Mallard confessed to the shooting. Officers are now looking for 20 year old Kentrell Reed who they believe was Mallard's partner in crime.

"How is he? Is going to be able to go back to school soon? How is he feeling?" we asked his mother.

"His first doctor's appointment is tomorrow. I'll know more then," she replied.

The teen is still in pain but is recovering at home.

"He told me when he was in intensive care, he whispered to me and it hurt me to my heart. He said 'Mamma, I never thought nothing like this would happen to me because I don't be out there like that.' I said 'I know but sometimes things happen to the best of us.'"

Now she's trying to keep it together to be there for her son. In spite of it all...

"He shielded them bullets. He had them angels around my baby," she says as she begins to cry.

She's thankful her baby, or Pig, made it home. 

If you know anything about that suspect who's still on the run, 20 year old Kentrell Reed, police want to hear from you. You can call the anonymous crime stoppers hotline at 436-tips.  

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