Albany convenience store owners increase security after recent shootings

Albany convenience store owners increase security after recent shootings
Wright Woodall (Source: WALB)
Wright Woodall (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - With the recent violence at Albany convenience stores, one business owner is concerned that criminals aren't targeting specific areas of town anymore. Now, he is taking steps to make sure it doesn't happen in his stores.

Wright Woodall, the owner of Woodalls, said that after hearing about all of the recent convenience store shootings, security is at the forefront of his mind.

"It's jumped up to another level and it's scary," said Woodall.

"It's not right," said customer Jacob Jones.

There have been two shootings in less than two weeks time, both in Albany convenience stores.

"People are not concerned about what they are doing anymore, they seem to be so caught up into themselves and violence," said Jones.

All of the violence has customers concerned and Woodalls Co-owner Wright Woodall is taking precautions to keep his customers and employees safe.

"We have cameras that cover, that cover the entire store and we have cameras outdoors," said Woodall.

Newer cameras that give a crystal clear image to better help authorities identify suspects.

"Now they just don't discriminate, they just go wherever they think they can find a target," explained Woodall.

Which is why customer Jones keeps a lookout for his surroundings, even when he's pumping gas.

"All the killings, yes it concerns me a lot and I'm very careful when I pull up and I get out of my car," said Jones.

Jones said you can never be too careful and hopes Albany will soon see a better time.

"I would love to see all of this shooting and killing stop," said Jones, "I would. I would love to see more love, more joy, more peace and happiness going on in the world."

For Woodall and his customers, they hope the added safety measures will keep the criminals away.

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