Albany Police investigating homicide

October 09, 2017 12:33 AM

ALBANY -- Within moments, a slow Sunday afternoon in downtown Albany turned violent.

“Well I walk up the street and I heard that somebody got shot and it was so surprising,” said Albany resident Kery Ann Rawls.

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Albany police said it happened on Sherman Street just before 1 pm. 

“A shooting incident did in fact take place in that area,” said Albany Police representative Steve Smith. “And shortly upon the officers arrival they had located a male victim 27 years old on Elk Street on the 200 block to what appeared to be involved in that same incident.” 

Police said that after the victim was shot on Sherman Street, he made his way around to Lexington Avenue and eventually onto Elk Street where he died.

Police said the victim suffered a gunshot wound to the torso.

Rawls lives just up the street.

“It concerns me because anybody can pass and get shot in crossfire and not knowing what's going on,” Rawls said. 

That includes her four teenage daughters.

She said they were outside at a friend’s house down the street at the time.

“So they heard the shots and they all running back and looking,” Rawls said. 

Police said they are looking for any video that could help with their investigation. 

They are also asking for the community's help. 

“We've said it time and time again that when incidents like this occur we need the communities help,” Smith said. “We need them to come forward with information,” 

Rawls said she has not experienced violence like this in the three-and-a-half years she has lived in the neighborhood.

She fears for her family's safety 

“I just hope the police and the investigator get everything that they need you now,” Rawls said. “To solve this crime you know.”

Police have not released the victim's name. 

It is unclear whether they have identified any suspects.


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