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Officials say Downtown Albany is quite safe

Rashelle Beasley Rashelle Beasley
Marie Manning Marie Manning
Deputy Police Chief Mark Scott Deputy Police Chief Mark Scott
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - After a Sunday morning shooting left one man injured, city officials say visitors should not be worried about safety in Downtown Albany.

Witnesses say more than a dozen shots were fired behind the Albany Visitors Center on Front Street about 1:45 Sunday morning.

Alexander Harris was shot twice, in the back and in the leg. He is now in good condition at the hospital.

This Saturday is one of the biggest tourist events of the year for Downtown Albany. There will be thousands of visitors in that same area where the shooting occurred. They are being told there is no need to worry.

Witnesses tell police that they heard more than a dozen shots before fired back and forth from behind the Visitors Center on Front Street. They say a Ford pickup truck with an extended cab took off with a number of black men in the cab and the bed of the truck, saying they had to get out of there before the police came.

Alexander Harris ran up to a club asking for help. He had been shot in the lower back and leg.

Today police looked at several bullet holes in the windows right across from the Convention and Visitors Bureau, where they prepare for a very big Saturday in Albany.

"Downtown is safe. It's going to be a fun atmosphere. Everybody will be celebrating." said Rashelle Beasley, Executive Director of the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Thousands of people will be attending the high school graduations at the Civic Center, while the Albany Unchained Bike Races brings in folks from all across the South.

"It's a great opportunity for us to show off our city. And to show off the great things that we have here," Beasley said.

Albany Police say people have nothing to fear as they come downtown for the events.

"No. Downtown is still the safest part of Albany. We will have a large presence at all the events. Private security, and extra officers downtown. So people should feel completely safe," said Deputy Police Chief Mark Scott.

Marie Manning agrees. Today she was arranging her family reunion, and says the weekend shooting does not concern her. "Things can happen anywhere, so you just try and be aware of your surroundings, and I think you'll be all right."

Albany Police statistics routinely find that downtown is by far the most crime free district. No arrests so far in Sunday's shootings.



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