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 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)
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."