Gun violence continues to grow in Albany

November 11, 2018 10:59 AM

Gun violence is still on the rise in Albany, despite efforts to help keep guns off the street. 

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"Anytime that something like this happens, I want to feel surprised, I don't want to ever feel like this is how it's supposed to be" said Albany City Council member Derek Johnson.

After a 22 year old man was shot in his car on Park Avenue and Philip Street in Albany on Thursday, the community is struggling to understand why the violence in the city continues to increase. This week's incident marks 51 shootings in Albany this year. 

"Having a son in Albany, raising a son in Albany, is scary when the people may ring, now knowing that it might be your son that's involved. We need to figure out a way to get these kids up and engaged" said Tyrone Coleman of Albany. 

With numbers up from previous years, community leaders are concerned for the future of the neighborhoods they represent. Some saying more men need to stand up and be role models for our youth. 

"We need more mentors, we don't mean mentors outside the community to coming inside, we need people to connect with the youth" said Johnson. 

Coleman, who has lived and worked in the south end for more than 30 years says believes there is an ebb and flow with the violence but says the answer lies with first making a connection with each individual kid. 

"We need to take back the street and you have to get on the streets in order to do it. You can't sit behind a congressman's desk and so forth and so on" said Coleman. 

Many community members have been rallying in the streets since the increase started in June. Some leaders say they're not going to stop trying, no matter how long it takes. 

"When you talk to members of the community a lot of people are just hurt, we don't want this to be what we're known for. We don't want this to be what people should expect for our community" said Johnson. 


Brooke Selby

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