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November 5, 2007

Albany-  The people who live in that neighborhood were shocked to hear gunshots ring out on a Sunday afternoon.

They tell us that they heard at least six shots in this disturbing teen gang violence that's becoming more prevalent on Albany's streets.  Not only are these gangsters hurting each other, their stray bullets are a threat to everyone. 

This is an area of Albany around Albany High School and Hugh Mills stadium. One woman said, the 800 and 900 blocks of Rosedale Avenue used to be a nice neighborhood. Now, she says, gangs have taken over the streets. 

Neighbors watched as police walk their once quiet street with a metal detector, likely looking for shell casings or metal fragments, evidence from Sunday's gang killing.

"It's a beautiful neighborhood with the history of Albany with all the trees and everything and generally we don't have a problem," said Don Fisher, a neighbor.

Recently that's changed and neighbors see a lot more police activity on their street.

"I have been broken into one time, yes and I've had my car broken into one time and the police have tracked down about who they were," said Fisher.

We talked with at least a half dozen residents along Rosedale many who were afraid to go on camera with us. Some had just moved into the neighborhood, but the one thing they all had in common was they're all concerned about this neighborhood.

"I really don't want to believe we have to live in fear," said Fisher.

A bullet hole in a car windshield makes it almost impossible not to live in fear.  Neighbors with small children say they fear for their safety. Some say they've seen young men in gang colors walking Rosedale. Many say they're staying inside more, partly out of fear, but others like Don Fisher say you can't live in fear in your own backyard.

"There's a reason to be concerned, but not to be so scared you can't walk out to your car at nighttime, but just look over your back and make sure you know what's going on," said Fisher.

Don Fisher says he and his neighbors will now talk about forming a neighborhood watch program so they can Take Back Their Neighborhood. 

And you can help, too. If you know any of the teens police are looking for, you should call Crimestoppers.  The number is 436-TIPS. You don't have to give your name and you could get a one thousand dollar reward.  

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