‘The Albany Police Department wants people to feel safe in the Six Points area’

Police chief releases statement following South Albany store shooting; suspects charged

Brothers Store Shooting Update

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Two people are in the Albany Police Department’s (APD) custody following a shooting that happened just before midnight Monday at Brothers Corner Store in the 1100 block of Newton Road.

Police said Shaquille Rashaud Hall, 23, turned himself at the Law Enforcement Center (LEC) and a 15-year-old suspect was apprehended by investigators.

Aug. 2, 2016 mugshot of Shaquille Rashaud Hall (Source: Dougherty County Jail)
Aug. 2, 2016 mugshot of Shaquille Rashaud Hall (Source: Dougherty County Jail)

Both are being questioned at the LEC.

The victim, Aaron Alexander, 51, was rushed to Phoebe. Albany Police said Alexander left Brothers Corner Store, arrived at his truck and noticed one suspect in the truck.

When he confronted him, a second man approached and shot Alexander twice. Both suspects fled the scene.

WALB crews saw at least one shell casing on the ground along with blood.

Alexander was treated by EMS and taken to the hospital, and his truck was also towed from the scene.

Past shootings at Brothers Corner Store

According to our records, police investigated at least two other major crimes at Brothers Corner Store since 2015.

There has been three shootings within the last four years at Brothers Convenience Store.

Residents in the area said this should be a wake-up call in bringing more attention to this South Albany area.

One shooting was fatal, another left a woman paralyzed and the most recent one sent a man to the hospital with injuries Monday night.

The first shooting happened in August 2015, in the parking lot where Richard Montez Butler was charged with aggravated assault and tampering with evidence.

In the shooting, 35 year old Richard J. Butler and Arthur Bell were shot, and Butler later died.

The second shooting happened in May of last year when police said Andrea Willis was shot multiple times inside the store.

Darrel Eiland and Jarrod Brown were indicted for this case last December on aggravated assault and battery charges and Willis is still paralyzed.

After Monday’s shooting, a concerned resident who doesn’t want to be seen on camera said it’s sad, but it’s starting to be the norm.

“It’s regrettably the norm. And I don’t think people embrace it, but they don’t know how to stop it,” said a concerned resident.

Take a look at the timeline where we’ve mapped out each incident.

Statement from Albany Police Chief Michael Persley:

"The Albany Police Department wants people to feel safe in the Six Points area. The owner has even played a role in assisting by improving the lighting as well as the security of his employees. Because of the changes, we have been able to identify suspects and solve crimes that have occurred in the area.

The facts are this store is open on a 24-hour basis, and there are not a lot of options for residents in the area to purchase for snacks, drinks, etc. Additionally, the location has also become a community gathering spot over the years which can create the potential for incidents to occur. That’s why patrolling the area is one of the focal points for the Albany Police Department during the evening hours. But, to make a real difference, we need folks to partner with us. We need residents to notify us prior to and after these incidents occur.

We will continue to work to ensure that those members of the community who rely upon the services the store provides can do so in a peaceful manner. Those who want to conduct illegal activity and disrupt our community are the ones we will seek to apprehend and hold accountable for their actions."

Community reacts to shooting

“They do a lot of talking and it takes effort, effort to stop this,” said a concerned resident.

One resident, who didn’t want to be seen on camera but lives yards away from Brothers Corner Store, said after a shooting Monday night, it’s going to take more than just conversations of “stopping the violence” to bring it to a halt.

A resident in South Albany for seven years believes shootings will continue to happen until people step up.

“It’s going to continue to be an ongoing thing until the so-called strength in the community start utilizing their muscles, or otherwise it’s just a lot of talk,” said the resident.

The most recent shooting has many residents on social media fearful and asking for something to be done about the violence.

Albany Police Chief Michael Persley released a statement saying in part, he wants "people to feel safe in the Six Points area,” and that it is a focal point for the department’s patrols during the evening hours.

The resident believes the department is doing its part, but now he’s hoping meetings to stop the crime will cease and more leaders will come out to their area to combat the issue on foot.

“What are you going to say at the meetings? No more than what’s been said before. Until you hit the streets and stop it,” said the resident.

Albany City Commissioner B.J. Fletcher, who represents the ward the store is in, said work is being done now to keep businesses and other stores like Brothers safe.

WALB has been told those plans are being looked at now to crack down on violence and crime committed at other public properties.

APD said anyone with any information in this case is urged to call CrimeSTOPPERS at (229) 436-TIPS.

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