Stray bullet ends up in Albany family's living room

November 11, 2017 04:11 PM

ALBANY -- If Charlene Wilson had been sitting in her usual spot on the living room couch early in the morning on November 1st, the stray bullet that's in her wall, might have ended up in her head.

"I can't explain how I truly feel about it, but it's a hurt and it's a scare," said Wilson.

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The Wilsons are the last house on Jennings Drive in North Albany Properties.  Their neighbor, Regina Dew, has been living in the Albany Housing Authority neighborhood since it opened about 17 years ago. She says it used to be heaven on earth. But not anymore.

"This summer, I've seen a dramatic change. I've seen what I know is drug activity happening here," said Dew.

Wilson says there are domestic incidents on her side of the neighborhood all the time.

"They get into it a lot, if not them, then somebody else is over there," said Wilson.

Wilson, Dew, and others went to a tenant meeting Friday night to tell Albany PD and the housing authority to clean up the neighborhood. Police told us it wasn't an open meeting and we weren't allowed in.

Wilson says problem tenants need to be kicked out. Dew says she wants housing authority security and police to have a more visible and frequent presence in the community. And for the community to step up.

"A lot of it, we haven't been organized, us as tenets. We haven't been talking and interacting with the management. We need a lot more of that," said Dew.

Albany PD spokesman Steve Smith says they're still investigating the stray bullet.

Both women are worried about the future.

"I love our children, I want them to grow up in a happy environment. That's what I had for my son and I want that for everybody's sons and daughters," said Dew.

We reached out to the housing authority Friday evening via phone and email and didn't hear back before air time.


Asa Stackel

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