ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - The Albany Police Department (APD) asked for the public’s help identifying the juveniles who shot at a Georgia & Florida Railway freight train as it was coming in to the Albany station Wednesday evening.
On Monday afternoon, they announced there has been a development in this case. A 16-year-old has been charged with aggravated assault, and a 14-year-old has been charged with criminal trespass in this case.
On Tuesday, APD announced that investigators have charged two more teens. A 15-year-old admitted to shooting his BB gun at a moving train, and has been charged with aggravated assault and intruding on railroad tracks
A 12-year-old admitted to being on the railroad tracks and witnessing two others shooting at the moving train, and has been charged with intruding on railroad tracks
The juveniles have been transported to RYDC, and more arrests are expected in this case.
Investigators are still searching for the juvenile that actually fired the handgun toward the train narrowly missing the engineer, and damaging a window.
Juvenile suspects cannot be identified unless they are arrested for one of Georgia’s “Seven deadly Sins.”
The train was passing the the 100 block of Booker Avenue, just west of the Flint River, when several juveniles ran out onto the right of way, and started firing a pistol.
The train engineer told police he heard noises, then saw two males running down the railroad tracks.
Multiple bullets struck the train, close to where the operator was standing. The damage to the front window is said to be about $300, but if the engineer had been hit, he could have been killed. The train cannot stop itself.
The Georgia & Florida Railway issued this statement:
"Daily, our railroad moves freight across the Flint River to the Norfolk Southern railroad. It is not unusual to see trespassers on the railroad trestle going over the Flint River. Last night, as our train was moving over the bridge, a group of adolescents stepped out of the woods near the train tracks.
One of the individuals was armed with a small caliber pistol and began firing multiple rounds at the locomotive engine. The bullets landed just feet from the engineer operating the train. If the Engineer had been struck and injured, there would have been no way to stop the train.
These trains often carry hazardous materials, and this could have been disastrous.The safety of our employees and the Albany community are of the utmost importance. We ask that you pass this information along to anyone that can identify the juvenile and hold him accountable for his actions. Spread the message to our youth to stay away from the tracks.
Thank you for your time."
If you can identify anyone in the photo, call APD or Crimestoppers, at 436-TIPS. You could earn a reward.