ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Albany Police say their investigation into the shooting of two men trying to rob a card game is far from over.
The two wounded suspects are in jail charged with armed robbery.
Police say they burst in on a poker game and forced the card players to undress.
One of the players shot both robbers, but it's not clear tonight whether one of those shootings was legally justified.
I talked with some of the victims of this attempted armed robbery today, and they say the card game was actually a fund raiser to help a person in need of medical care. While they said they had been advised by their lawyers not to talk about the robbery, I asked if they thought they had been set up by someone they knew, and they said "obviously."
Investigators say 25 year old Carl Jackson, armed with a black and silver handgun, and 21 year old Kenneth Gay, armed with a stick, burst into the small building behind the main house in the 44 hundred block of Woodcrest Drive demanding money before one a.m. Thursday. The robbers demanded these five men in the card game strip off their clothes. Bill Connell, a 76 year old insurance agent, pulled out his revolver and fired once, hitting Jackson in the head. Police say Gay dropped his stick and ran, Connell pursued him and shot him in the shoulder as he ran. Gay drove himself to the hospital. Back inside the building, Jackson, after being shot, was beaten by some of his victims. Both Jackson and Gay are now in jail charged with armed robbery.
The District Attorney says he has not received the investigation report from Police, so he is not sure whether any charges will be filed against the robbery victims.
District Attorney Greg Edwards said "The fundamental thing, people have the right to defend themselves. And Georgia allows a person to use deadly force with deadly force is being used against them."
But chasing and shooting a fleeing suspect may not be justified. The D.A., a Grand Jury, and possibly a trial jury will have to review that question. Police say both the suspects have talked to Investigators. Now the robbery victims want to know how Jackson and Gay knew about the card game.
Albany Police say their investigation is continuing, and more charges could be possible. The District Attorney stressed that criminals need to realize that more South Georgians are armed today, and they could be risking their lives trying to steal a few dollars.
Even if criminal charges are not filed in a self-defense shooting, the shooter could face a civil case if the person who gets shot files a lawsuit.