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Albany Gang Unit responds to recent shootings

Albany Police Deputy Chief Mark Scott Albany Police Deputy Chief Mark Scott
Comm. Jon Howard Comm. Jon Howard
A teen was shot when hoodlums fired at kids on a porch A teen was shot when hoodlums fired at kids on a porch
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Officers say the drive-bys seem to be random, but they are still investigating whether they are connected. City Commissioners say they are receiving calls from frightened people, concerned by this rash of violent shootings.

Police say just after 2:00 this morning 31 year old Cedric Taylor was shot once in the chest, while walking on MLK Junior Drive in South Albany.  Taylor was with two friends, when several shots were fired from a passing car.

About 1:30 this morning 21 Joshua Barkes was shot in each of his upper legs, while talking on his phone near the road in the 1100 block of University Street.  Barkes said a Yellow Ford rode by with the lights off, and someone fired three shots.

This just 24 hours after a 16 year old teen was shot on a porch on West Society, the bullets fired from a passing car. Police say all three drive by shootings appear to be random, with no similar targets or gang involvements.

Albany Police Deputy Chief Mark Scott said "We are looking for ties. Similarities in cars. Any witnesses that may have seen and could give us a description."

Gang Unit officials say they are changing tactics because of these attacks. Scott said "They unit responds to trends as they occur.  They are constantly changing their tactics, changing their areas of focus.  Changing their work hours to try to address what's going on in the city."

Commissioner Jon Howard said he has received phone calls from frightened people. "When you have these drive by shooting, it certainly sends an alarm.  To be a little more cautious."

Gang unit officials say they have seen a recent increase in gang activity, especially around the city's housing authority homes. But this week the violence has increased dramatically.

Police say they need people to get involved and report information they know about any of these shootings. 

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