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Officials call for action after weekend shootings

A Sunday night shooting left a 25-year-old with injuries. (Source: WALB) A Sunday night shooting left a 25-year-old with injuries. (Source: WALB)
Dougherty County Commissioner John Hayes said the community needs to address the issues of gun violence. (Source: WALB) Dougherty County Commissioner John Hayes said the community needs to address the issues of gun violence. (Source: WALB)
Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards said people need to put the guns down. (Source: WALB) Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards said people need to put the guns down. (Source: WALB)
Albany City Commissioner Jon Howard is one of many leaders wanting the violence to end. (Source: WALB) Albany City Commissioner Jon Howard is one of many leaders wanting the violence to end. (Source: WALB)
Bullets can be seen outside the Sunchase Apartments. (Source: WALB) Bullets can be seen outside the Sunchase Apartments. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Community leaders say gun violence needs to come to an end. 

This comes after two weekend shootings left two teens dead and one man injured. 

"It's a sad day," said Dougherty County Commissioner John Hayes. "We have to stop yawning and going back to sleep when they things happen."

As city and county leaders mourn the loss of two teens taken too soon, they and others said people need to stop resorting to gun violence. 

"What we are saying both as law enforcement and the district attorney's office, put the gun down, put the guns down," said district attorney Greg Edwards.

City and county officials can't say it enough. As long as people continue to pull the trigger on their guns, the deaths will continue. 

Two teens died on Saturday morning after a shooting on the 1600th block of Beverly Avenue.

Fifteen-year old Jalen Walker was dead when police arrived, with a bullet wound in his forehead. 18-year-old Quatez Strong was still breathing at the time, but had three bullet wounds. He died Sunday at a Macon Hospital. 

"You can't develop an immunity to these kinds of things because they happen so frequently, what we've got to do is have some passionate protests when these things happen," said Hayes.

Forty three-year-old Joseph Jones III is being charged with felony murder and aggravated assault.

He told Police the two teens were following him and his family in their car. When he approached them he saw a flash. That's when he fired his pistol at the car the boys were in. 

"My job is to try and find the truth whatever that may be," said Edwards. "If there is some evidence that indicates self defense or any reasonable explanation I will bring that forward."

MORE: Albany Police: Second person dies after Saturday double shooting

Another shooting Sunday night is causing concern as well. Police said 24-year-old Michael Wells was shot outside Sunchase Apartments. 

"Today, tomorrow and forever, we have too many young people that have guns on the streets," said Albany City Commissioner Jon Howard.

Albany Police are now looking for 19-year-old Montravious Parks and 25-year-old Alonze Jones.

APD plans to charge them with aggravated assault for Sunday's shooting once they are arrested. 

They're considered armed and dangerous. 

Both Parks and Jones have outstanding murder warrants for a the killing of Curtis Davis. 

Davis was killed on December 17th.

He was shot in the alley in the 600 block between West Society Avenue and West Tift Avenue.

MORE: Albany Police respond to shooting at Sunchase Apartments

"It's going to take a collective effort from law enforcement down to elected officials and neighborhood watch individuals and private citizens to say enough killings is enough," said Howard. 

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