Albany community rallies together after teen shot in forehead

Albany community rallies together after teen shot in forehead

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A teen that was shot in the forehead Wednesday evening in East Albany is a student at Albany Middle School.

The teen has been flown to Atlanta and we’re working to find out how he’s doing.

Albany Police released the name of the teen to us early Thursday afternoon.

WALB has been speaking with the Albany Police Department, Dougherty County Schools’ superintendent and an Atlanta hospital. Due to the ongoing investigation, WALB has decided to hold off on reporting the teen’s name, but the community is still rallying together after this shocking incident.

“If we all come together in prayer, I do believe this community will at once heal,” said an Albany resident.

After hearing a 13-year-old was shot in the forehead Wednesday evening in East Albany, prayer is what many are leaning on while digesting what actually happened.

“It could’ve been that someone else in the area started it and he just got caught in the middle, but if we just come together, learn to love one another,” one woman said.

Coming together is what Dougherty County Superintendent Kenneth Dyer wants the community to do as Albany police continue investigating the incident that happened on North Carroll Street after school hours.

“Since we first learned about this tragic incident Wednesday evening, we have been offering support to the family of the student in the form of social workers and counselors to help them cope. Today, we ask that the community join us in lifting him up in prayer,” said Dyer in a statement.

“Whether it’s on the east side, south side, or whatever it’s on the north, still we need to come together,” said a resident.

Albany police said they heard a number of conflicting stories about what happened to the Albany Middle School student, but as they’re working to find out what really took place, the community is hoping for the best for the teen and his family.

“My prayer is that the family stays strong, never lose faith in God and understand that he will be able,” said a resident.

WALB’s Asia Wilson has been speaking with the teen’s close family member who wants to wait to comment.

The public relations coordinator at an Atlanta hospital also told WALB that they’re unable to provide any information about this situation.

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