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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Albany Police are asking people to give them more information about four weekend shootings. But even many of the victims are scared to speak up.

One man was shot, and more than a half dozen other people put in jeopardy from bullets being fired around them, including several children.

Police say that is part of the problem arresting the shooters, even the victims are not always telling them everything they know. The people we talked with said they were too scared even to show their faces on camera, because they believe gangs were involved in the shootings. And they did not want to get involved.

Bullet holes riddle the walls and broken windows on Flintlock Drive. A young lady living in the home said Westside gang members invaded the home early Sunday morning, breaking up a party.

"I don't know if they jealous or what, but they shot our house up. They ran through our house and they shot our house up. It was babies in here, and they know," said a shooting victim who was too afraid to be identified.

18 year old Shaquille Mathis suffered a bullet wound to his left leg. The woman who lives there said it was just lucky more were not shot. "They need to grow up," the victim said. "I guess they still gang banging." Was it a gang thing? "I guess."

About three hours later several shots were fired into a home on Avalon Avenue, with several children inside. The mother said she also thought gangs were involved. "It probably is, but I don't understand. If it is gang related, I don't understand why they came here. They know no boys don't here, so…." said the second shooting victim.

Police are investigating those and two other shootings over the weekend, to see if they are related or involve gangs. But even the victims are giving very little information to get these gunmen off the streets. "That's the hindrance or the issue that we come across. People don't want to talk. But that's the only way that we are going to prevent these shootings from occurring," said APD Media Manager Phyllis Banks.

Most of the people we talked to said they believe gangs were involved in these shootings, but either did not want to get involved, or were too scared to give any information.

Will there be any retaliation? "I hope not because two wrongs don't make a right. And it's just going to keep on until somebody else die," said the first victim.

A real danger after such a violent weekend in four different areas in Albany. Police are asking that the community give them information to stop these gangs.

You can stay anonymous, and hopefully stop some of these shootings that obviously endanger everyone.

Anyone with any information about these weekend shootings, or potential gang attacks, can call CRIMESTOPPERS at 436-TIPS.

 

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