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Father and son arrested in So. McKinley shooting

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Da'Vion Omar Watson, also known as "Buddy" Da'Vion Omar Watson, also known as "Buddy"
Willie Jackson Willie Jackson
Nakita Gilyard Nakita Gilyard

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A lookout was issued late Tuesday for another suspect in Monday's gang shootings in Albany. Two people are already in jail in one of those gang-related shootings. Now police want your help to find a suspect in the shooting.

 Albany Police have aggravated assault warrants on 20-year old Da'Vion Omar Watson, also known as "Buddy". Watson is believed to have been driving that white cadillac used in a drive-by shooting at South McKinley Street and Gordon Avenue. He's 5'11", 178 pounds,  with long dreadlocks. His last known address is 1929 West Whitney Avenue. Call crimestoppers at 436-tips if you have any information on him.

When Police catch him, he'll be the third person charged in Monday's gang shooting spree. A father and soon were arrested Tuesday. Investigators say the 56-year old father confessed to the first shooting that wounded one man Monday afternoon on South McKinley Street.

 56 year old Willie Jackson and his 22 year old son Nakita Gilyard are charged with aggravated assault in connection with Monday's gang shooting in the 1300 block South McKinley that left one person wounded. 20 minutes later, five blocks away on South McKiney, two more men were shot . Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards said "this was a gang related situation."

Jackson has confessed he shot Terrance Stevens in the stomach with a shotgun, while his son was driving the Gray Cadillac. Detective Darrell Laster said "They were flagged down. They were talking with the victim of the shooting. An altercation broke out, shots were fired, that's when he was shot. "

 Investigators say Jackson and Stevens had a fight last month, and that led up to yesterday's shooting. About 45 minutes after the shooting Jackson had a friend call Police and tell them he wanted to give up. A shotgun and a 9 milimeter pistol were recovered, as well as the gray Cadillac they were driving.

Police say Jackson and Gilyard are not implicated in the second shooting 20 minutes later on South McKinley at Gordon, where two men were wounded, but they are still investigating.

Gang Law Enforcement sources tell us they suspect gangs battling over turf in South Albany lead up to a fight at a nightclub Sunday night, and triggered the two Monday shootings. District Attorney Greg Edwards, leader of the county wide Gang Task Force, says they need community help to fight these gangs, and are asking you to give them information. Edwards said "We have got to break that reign of terror. If you tell us, you don't have to give your information. But give us the information that will help us."

Many people at Monday's shootings told us they are scared of gangs and violence in their neighborhoods. The D.A. says they need your help with information to put the gangs behind bars, before more violence erupts.

The three men shot are recovering from their wounds.


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