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Albany pastor questions police presence

WNYT Staff
Updated: August 11, 2020 10:33 AM
Created: August 11, 2020 08:29 AM

An Albany pastor is speaking out after a teen was shot and killed in the area near his JC Club.

Pastor Charlie Muller said it was a shootout and shared surveillance video with NewsChannel 13.

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The video shows a vehicle pull up with a man hanging outside the driver’s side window, pointing a gun across the roof of the car. He fires at his target on the sidewalk who stumbles and falls.

At the same time, a man sitting on a stoop at the other side of the street sees what is about to go down, takes out his own gun and starts firing.

DIGITAL EXTRA: Surveillance video of Albany shooting

Muller said what looks shocking to others, comes as no surprise to him. He claims police keep coming up short.

“We don’t see a presence of the police, and I’ve told them year after year; put two police officers in our JC Club.  Put them in the office. Put them here as an out-station to police this targeted area. Enough is enough,” Pastor Muller said.

Albany Chief Eric Hawkins said officers are in the area, but the speed with which these crimes are taking place presents a challenge. He claims officers are often around the corner when the shooting starts.

Muller said he doesn’t see that.

DIGITAL EXTRA: "This should not have happened," Pastor Charlie says after Albany shooting

Hawkins expressed some interest in the offer to use the club as a satellite police location.

“That’s not a proposal that’s been given to me. It is something that I would entertain. If someone wants to offer some increased collaborations or partnerships then absolutely,” Chief Hawkins said. “This is not a time to point fingers. This is a time when having this increased activity in our neighborhoods; when we start to come together and strengthen our partnerships and our collaborations, not point fingers. “

No arrests have been made. If you have any information, call Albany police or submit an anonymous tip.

To hear more, click on Jerry Gretzinger's report. 


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