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Three people uninjured in Albany murder victim's car

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Police are looking for 30-year-old Neil Adam Smith Police are looking for 30-year-old Neil Adam Smith

February 15, 2008

Albany --We now know that when an Albany man was shot inside his car driving in South Albany, his girlfriend and two children saw him get gunned down.

Police are looking for the suspected killer. They say 30-year old Neil Adam Smith shot and killed 24 year old Cleveland Carter Thursday afternoon as he drove in South Albany. A woman and two children in Carter's car were not hit in the hail of gunfire.

Police want your help to find Smith. His last known address was on Valencia Drive, and he was last seen driving a 1992 or 1994 green, blue or turquoise Honda Civic. About 3 Thursday afternoon Investigators say Smith fired several shots from his car into Carter's car on West Gordon Avenue.

 Police found Carter's body in his car in a nearby alley. 22-year old Brittney Coleman, and her five year old and four month old daughters were not injured.

 Investigators don't know the motive behind the murder, but they believe Smith is still in Southwest Georgia. Albany Police Media Manager Phyllis Banks-Whitley said "there are some indications that he may be in the Southwest Georgia area. But we are not limiting our search for him in Southwest Georgia. He has been placed in a national as well as a state data base as a wanted person."

 Police issued warrants charging Neil Smith with murder, three counts of aggravated assault, cruelty to children, and possession of a firearm.

That murder shocked to people who live in that part of South Albany. It's an established neighborhood. Many neighbors have lived there for decades.  But it's just blocks from what Gang Task Force leaders call a gang hotspot.

Louis Stack and his wife Ruth have lived on South Magnolia Street since 1963. Stack said he heard two shots as he drove from his house Thursday, but didn't think much about it. Louis Stack said " There is so much shooting going around these days, you get used to it. Really? It happens quite often."

But after a man was found dead just yards from their house, the Stacks admit it's frightening. Ruth Stack said "we've been here 45 years in this location, in this house. And it's always been a safe neighborhood."

 Wayne Shiver lives across the street, and admits it was shocking to look out his window and see dozens of Police. Shiver said "it worried me, but I don't know where crime is not in Albany."

Even though they are just blocks from an area identified as a gang hot spot, the people who live on this block of South Magnolia say they think this murder is an isolated incident. This would not make you think about moving? Shiver said "no, but I think this was just a random act."

 Stack said "not at all, we've got good neighbors. It's one of those things, modern society you might say."

A quiet street with long time residents, who have their peace disrupted by murder.  

Investigators say they also agree that the murder victim crashing in that block of South Magnolia was just by chance.

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