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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

December 29, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A man who survived a deadly shooting on an Albany street Saturday night talks to us about the terrifying attack that claimed the life of his cousin.

Police tell us they still have no motive and no suspects. It happened barely an hour after another violent attack in Albany.

Timothy Williams shows the wound in his right arm, after he was shot Saturday night while sitting in his car with his cousin Unterio Murray. Murray died in the hail of gunfire. "The bullet went in right there. And it's still in there."

"It's a tragedy to lose my cousin. It's a lot to bear all at one time," Williams said.

Williams says he had just picked Murray up at his job and was dropping him off at Murray's home on Haley Street, when a gold Trailblazer pulled up beside them and the driver, saying nothing, opened fire.

"He had a pistol and he was aiming it at us. About that time, splits of seconds, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow. I just put my car in gear and drove off fast as I could. I got down to the liquor store and I got out and started screaming for help," Williams said.

Murray, a father of three, was hit in the head and died in the hail of gunfire.

Police say they have no motive or suspects yet as they continue to interview witnesses, but investigators do not believe the murder was related to another shooting on West Gordon Avenue less than an hour earlier, that left two teenagers wounded.

 "Right now they are stating that the shooting on Gordon is gang related," Albany Police Media Manager Phyllis Banks-Whitley said.

The two teens shot on Gordon are recovering, and police say there could be charges pending in that shooting soon, but so far no arrests.

Williams says he can't understand all the holiday weekend violence that left him wounded, and his cousin dead.

Unterio Murray was the 11th homicide victim in Albany this year.

If you have any information about his murder or the other weekend shooting, Albany Police want you to call the anonymous CRIME STOPPERS hotline at 436-TIPS.

You could earn a reward of up to one thousand dollars.

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