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Search for answers after weekend shootings in Albany
ALBANY -- A community is searching for answers tonight after two separate shootings this weekend injuring two people and taking the life of another. Police say they're not related, but they are looking for suspects and calling on neighbors to help.
There's going to be a rally to end gun violence this Wednesday near one of those shootings, by the same group which called for shooters to put the guns down in December. That rally in one of the same neighborhoods where one weekend shooting happened, the same neighborhood where the mother of another shooting victim says enough is enough.
"People are not getting used to it though they're getting to be more and more concerned and more and more afraid," said Vivian Kornegay, who also serves as a Democrat 2nd Ward Council Member.
Kornegay made a mission out of converting a community against gun violence, but sometimes she feels like she's just treading water. Her own son was shot -- twice. At Elk & Lexington one shooting this weekend injured two young people, aged 17 and 20. They're still recovering according to police. But Jamel Forbes was killed in another shooting -- this one at the 400 block of South Pearl.
"I cannot imagine being the mother that has to close the lid on her child for the last time because of the senseless homicide," Kornegay said. "I can't even imagine that. My son lived. These mothers are buying their children. That's wrong. We need to stop burying our children."
Kornegay will continue pursuing her mission at a rally this week. Shaquasha Belcher just moved in to this apartment at Elk and Lexington where the two young people were injured.
"We were sleeping, I happened to turn over, I heard the gunshots," Belcher said. "We heard a little arguing and the cars sped off."
She has a little kid of her own, and she fears for his safety now. She has a plea to others who may be afraid to help police.
"Don't they have an anonymous hotline you could call? Call them please," Belcher said. "I'm right there at the corner where it happened at."
"These are their neighborhoods," said Officer Steve Smith, Albany Police Department spokesman. "Somebody knows something and we need to work together. We're not in this fight alone. They need to come forward with information so we can end this sense less violence."That rally is being put together by SNUG, an organization with which Ms. Kornegay is previously affiliated. If you have information in the meantime, you're urged to call Albany City Police.