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Albany neighbors outraged following string of recent shootings


Albany, N.Y. - NEWS10 spoke with some people where Albany police say a shooting happened along the 400 block of South Pearl Street Saturday morning, and others in the city who say with six shootings in the past few weeks they're afraid and angry about the constant problem in their neighborhoods.

"This is a small city. This is not Chicago. This is not New York City so to have this many shootings in this short amount of time, we should all be outraged," says founder of Mothers Against Shootings and Murders, Corrie Terry.

Terry says marches and vigils against violence are not enough to stop the constant shootings in her neighborhood near Clinton Avenue and throughout Albany Since August 25th seven men have sustained gun shot wounds according to Albany police.

According to police, on August 25th a 27-year-old man was shot while on Ontario Street. On August 27th, a 27-year-old man was shot near Walter Street. On September 1st, police say a man was shot on Second Street. On September 2nd, a 26-year-old man was shot on Second Street and Judson Street. On September 9th, a 42-year-old man was shot on Clinton Avenue, and early Saturday morning police say two men were shot on South Pearl Street.

"When do we do something? When somebody gets killed again, a child gets killed?" said Terry.

Terry believes the violence could be gang related.

"I think this may in fact be some kind of retaliation thing going on. I don't know that this is a gang issue. It's not secret Albany has been infested by gangs," said Terry.

Peter Podgonavich who lives near South Pearl Street says hearing shots fired is now normal for him.

"Every day of the week. Ask anybody in the neighborhood. I might be the first one to actually stand up and say yeah there's shots fired every week. It's just a natural thing down here. All they do pull a gun out pop and they don't care who they're shooting and that's the scary thing," said Podgonavich.

Police are still investigating the shootings. Albany police were not available for comment on Saturday.

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