UPDATE APD: 11-year-old shot; suspect on the run

UPDATE APD: 11-year-old shot; suspect on the run

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - An 11-year-old was shot Wednesday afternoon, according to the Albany Police Department (APD).

At this time, police believe it to be a drive-by shooting.

The shooting happened in the 900 block of Cherry Avenue, around 4 p.m., APD said.

The victim was taken to the hospital after being shot twice in the leg.

APD said he was taken in for surgery and is now stable.

Police said there were no other reported injuries.

Albany Police Chief Michael Persley was on the scene of the shooting.

"There were other people who were on the porch with the juvenile who were also shot at but none of them were injured,” said Persley.

The suspected vehicle involved in the incident is a black Dodge Charger with a tint, according to APD. The vehicle was found, but police said the suspects had already left the scene.

"We don’t know if the parties knew each other or not, we don’t know the motive at this time,” Persley told WALB News 10.

This shooting is not giving any of the nearby neighbors any sort of comfort.

The ones WALB spoke with didn’t want to go on camera.

One mother told us shootings in the area are the new normal and she doesn’t let her kids outside often, not even to check the mail.

One woman said this isn’t the area you would want to live in.

Gun violence is something Chief Persley said he’s really cracking down on.

“My messages to other people are if you are involved in anything such as this, you need to stop. But then my other message is to those who are responsible, if you’re listening, then you need to do the right thing and turn yourself in because we don’t want this to get worse,” Persley said at the scene of the shooting.

This is a developing story and we will provide updates as more information becomes available.

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