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1 teen dead, 2 others arrested in Albany shooting

January 12, 2008

By: Cade Fowler

Albany -- Just twelve days into 2008, Albany Police are investigating their first homicide of the year. The victim, only 16-years-old, was shot to death.

At a Saturday afternoon press conference, Albany Police spokeswoman Phyllis Banks-Whitley said, "We're here to announce that earlier today, around noon, 16-year-old Antwon Luke was pronounced dead by hospital officials."

Guided by flashlights, Albany Police officers searched the area along the 200 block of Barton Avenue Friday night where Luke was found laying unresponsive on a curb with blood coming out of his head.

He was taken to Phoebe-Putney Memorial Hospital where he later died.

A second victim, 18-year-old Gina Nixon, was also shot, but was not seriously injured after what police say began as an argument in the street around 6:30 Friday night.

"We've only arrested two people and eyewitnesses say there were about 10 people fighting. So we still have a ways to go," said Banks-Whitley.

So far police have arrested 15-year-old Patrick Thomas who they say was the gunman. He is now facing several charges including felony murder.

In a shocking twist, the murder victim's brother, 17-year-old Anthony Hill, is now facing aggravated assault and weapons charges, after police say he brought or the provided the gun used in the killing. But right now, police will not say if the murder is gang related.

"What we can say at this time is that continues to be speculation. Investigators have not collected any evidence to confirm it was gang related. Right now they are issuing warrants to search for additional evidence," said Banks-Whitley.

With several persons of interest in the case reported running from the scene dressed in red t-shirts and pajama pants, investigators hope to track them down and find out more about what lead up to the violent killing.

Police urge anyone with information surrounding Friday night's deadly shooting to call crime stoppers at 229-436-TIPS.

Both Thomas and Hill are being held in the Dougherty County Jail.

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