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Albany community leaders grow more concerned about criminal activity

The first of the series of shootings happened on Cherry Avenue (Source: WALB) The first of the series of shootings happened on Cherry Avenue (Source: WALB)
A community leader is concerned after one shooting happened in his neighborhood (Source: WALB) A community leader is concerned after one shooting happened in his neighborhood (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A community leader is speaking out after two shootings over the span of twelve hours. He says it's time to put a stop to the violence once and for all.

So far no arrests have been made in two separate shootings that happened overnight.

The shootings happened less than a mile away from each other and sent three people to the hospital.

As police work to find the gunmen, one south Albany leader is asking his neighbors for change.

"It can be your child, or my child, or somebody else's child when all this junk goes on," said Willie Ross.

For Willie Ross, the past 24 hours have brought too much violence to the south Albany area.

"It's a pretty quiet neighborhood, but lately we've been having a lot of shootings, a lot of bad things happen here," said Ross.

Thursday night, a shooting that happened just before 9:00 p.m. on Cherry Avenue sent two people to the hospital -- Jacquinte Stills, 24, and Kimond White, 20.

The shooting happened just across the street from Ross's home. He was sleeping, but he says his roommates were awake when the shooting happened.

"They said they heard several shots, but I really didn't hear no shots," said Ross.

Hours later, just after 5:00 a.m. on Friday, another shooting happened blocks away on South Davis Street.

Albany Police identified the victim as 22-year-old Michael Brown.

"I feel really sorry for the kids and the older people in this neighborhood. I don't know what else we can do. 

I don't want people to get out and take it in their own hands," said Brown.

Ross says he actively works to better his community, and wants his neighbors to do the same.

"I'm asking everybody: please, get out. Serve the Lord. 

Let the Lord handle things and dial 911 and stop some of this violence," said Ross.

Ross is organizing an emergency community meeting to discuss the criminal activity going on in the area.

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 25 at the Carver Park Community Center.

Following the shootings, there was also an attack in the parking lot of AppleJaxx Thursday night. It happened on East Broad Avenue at about 10:05 p.m.

Police say Stepheno Williams went to the emergency room with a cut on the left side of his abdomen.

The hospital contacted police, and that's when they figured out the man had been attacked by two people.

No arrests were made.

Early Friday morning, someone shot a gun towards the front of a woman's home.

She said she was inside her house on Burke Avenue with three other people when the shooting happened.

No one was hurt.

The Albany Police Department Gang Unit is investigating.

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