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17-year-old killed inside East Albany home

By Len Kiese - bio | email

July 23, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany teenager is dead after he was gunned down inside an East Albany home. 

Albany Police responded to the 1300 block of East Society a little before 7 Wednesday night.  That's where they found the 17-year-old bleeding from a gunshot wound. Investigators are working quickly to solve the city's latest homicide.    

The sight of yellow crime tape around poles and police officers combing for evidence is becoming too much for Sheqela Butler.

"We just had a shooting around here about two weeks ago," said Butler.

Now the reminder of that shooting is back in her East Albany neighborhood.  This time it's fatal. "It's just sad that a young child lost his life behind God knows what," said Butler.

Butler worries about her own two children on these streets. "It could have been one of them," said Butler.

The shooting victim is 17-year-old Edward William Bell Junior. Police say a group of young men were at a home in the 1300 block of East Society when Bell was shot. "Right now we don't want to release where he was shot. That is part of the investigation at this point," said Phyllis Whitley-Banks with Albany Police.

How many times he was shot is also still under investigation. "He was in serious condition. EMS was working on him," said Banks.

Bell was transported to the hospital and later pronounced dead. Now police want to solve this case quickly. "Every avenue regarding this shooting will be explored and investigated," said Banks.

"My condolences go out to the mother and the grandmother but something needs to be done around here about this," said Butler.

Butler just hopes violence doesn't continue to erupt in her neighborhood. "I pray that it doesn't. A young child done lost his life. School is about to start back up and he can't even go," said Butler.

She'll now keep her two sons even closer for protection.

Albany Police say it's likely Bell knew his shooter. Right now there are no arrests in this case but detectives do have a person of interest they're questioning.

This is the 7th murder in Albany this year.


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