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Emergency meeting to be held in South Albany

Officers were busy responding to two shootings last week in South Albany. (Source:WALB) Officers were busy responding to two shootings last week in South Albany. (Source:WALB)
A community leader wants to see a change in his community. (Source:WALB) A community leader wants to see a change in his community. (Source:WALB)
A community leader says crime has become a big problem throughout parts of Albany. (Source:WALB) A community leader says crime has become a big problem throughout parts of Albany. (Source:WALB)
Willie Ross (Source:WALB) Willie Ross (Source:WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A South Albany community leader is asking residents to step up and voice their concerns through an emergency meeting.

It will be held on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at the Carver Community Center located at 1023 S. McKinley St. in Albany.

The meeting comes just days after two separate shootings took place within a few blocks away from each other.

Community leader Willie Ross said he wants to help the city that he grew up in.

“When I was a kid, we used to run around and be happy in these streets. Now, you can’t even walk to the store in these streets,” Ross said.

Ross told WALB News 10 that he organized the emergency meeting after last week’s shootings in South Albany.

Two people were sent to the hospital after a shooting on Cherry Avenue last Thursday.

Then, just hours later, more gunfire was reported on Davis Street where a young man was shot in the shoulder.

Ross said he’s tired of the violence and wants neighbors to show up to Tuesday’s meeting.

He’s asked members of the Albany Police Department and city and county officials to also be a part of the discussion.

Ross said he thinks the police officers are trying to keep the streets safe and he wants to see more action from residents.

“Most of these [officers] are doing their job…[but] they can’t be nowhere if you don’t dial 911 and put them there. See, the police work for the neighborhood,” Ross said.

This is not the first meeting that Ross has held, but he would like to see more participation from the community.

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