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DA: Recent Albany shootings stem from gang violence

Prosecutors said the investigation into the shooting death of Darrius Keys, 19, of Camilla continues, and they are still gathering evidence if it is involved in a recent wave of gang violence. (Source: APD Facebook page) Prosecutors said the investigation into the shooting death of Darrius Keys, 19, of Camilla continues, and they are still gathering evidence if it is involved in a recent wave of gang violence. (Source: APD Facebook page)
Officials said the nearly dozen shots fired into a home Tuesday morning on West Highland was definitely involved in the Bloods and Rattlers violent rivalry. (Source: WALB) Officials said the nearly dozen shots fired into a home Tuesday morning on West Highland was definitely involved in the Bloods and Rattlers violent rivalry. (Source: WALB)
Investigators said that in 2012, reputed Southside Bloods leader Dontavious Luke was killed in an attack by the Westside Rattlers at the Shackleford Shopping Center. (Source: APD) Investigators said that in 2012, reputed Southside Bloods leader Dontavious Luke was killed in an attack by the Westside Rattlers at the Shackleford Shopping Center. (Source: APD)
Then in March 2013, investigators said two more suspected Bloods, William Davis, Jr and Desmond Williams, were killed in a drive by shooting where more than 50 bullets were fired. (Source: APD) Then in March 2013, investigators said two more suspected Bloods, William Davis, Jr and Desmond Williams, were killed in a drive by shooting where more than 50 bullets were fired. (Source: APD)
Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards (Source: WALB) Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Dougherty District Attorney said much of the recent gun violence in Albany is involved in a gang war.

The DA said they are still trying to determine if yesterday's fatal shooting was gang inspired.

Authorities said the Southside Bloods and the Westside Rattlers have renewed violence, based on previous fatal shootings dating back to 2012.

Prosecutors said the investigation into the shooting death of Darrius Keys, 19, of Camilla continues, and they are still gathering evidence if it is involved in a recent wave of gang violence.  

Brandon Hallman, 19, was arrested in Mitchell County Tuesday night and returned to Albany. Wednesday, he was charged with felony murder.

But officials said the nearly dozen shots fired into a home Tuesday morning on West Highland was definitely involved in the Bloods and Rattlers violent rivalry.

"I think the resurgence is from issues that have been long simmering between the gangs for earlier events, where gang members had been shot or killed," said Dougherty County District Attorney, Greg Edwards.

Investigators said that in 2012, reputed Southside Bloods leader Dontavious Luke was killed in an attack by the Westside Rattlers at the Shackleford Shopping Center.

Then in March 2013, investigators said two more suspected Bloods, William Davis, Jr and Desmond Williams, were killed in a drive by shooting where more than 50 bullets were fired.

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"And so this is what I am informed is leading to this rise in efforting to try to retaliate or get back from earlier infractions among each other," said Edwards.

Now law enforcement is working to stop the gang violence, urging the community to give them information for their own safety.

"Everybody needs to understand that bullets being sprayed around in a neighborhood have anyone's name on it.  So sitting in silence won't keep you from being hurt," said Edwards.

Officials said there has been taunting on social media between the rival gangs stirring up the violence.  

We tried to reach out to the founder of the "United Family for Justice" movement for comment, after members from four Albany gangs joined together Saturday to call for peace, but he was not immediately available.

If you have any information, you can stay anonymous by calling CRIMESTOPPERS at 436-TIPS.

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