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Police seeking public's help after two shootings leave one dead, two injured

Posted: Updated: Feb 17, 2014 4:57 PM

ALBANY N.Y. - Police responded to two shootings early Sunday morning, and now they are asking for the public to come forward with any information.

The shootings left one man dead and two others injured.

Jahmel Forbes, 30, of Albany, was found lying on South Pearl Street suffering from a gunshot wound near the Port Tavern. Earlier the same morning police responded to two more shooting victims on Lexington Avenue.

Council Member Vivianne Kornegay, who just began her new term in the 2nd Ward, said she is getting called from concerned residents.

"People are afraid to come forward. And, I think we need to ilium ate that fear. How we do that? I don't know," said Kornegay.

Neighbors spoke to NEWS10 ABC about their feelings on the shootings.

"It's frightening walking down the block," one Albany resident said. "My children are afraid to go to the corner store by themselves. My youngest calls it the 'murder block.'" 

The resident did not want to be identified for fear of his own safety. He said he woke up Sunday to cop cars and a crime scene outside his home.

Police said a 16-year-old girl from Scotia and a 20-year-old Albany man were shot near Lexington Avenue and Elk Street around 2:15 a.m. Sunday. They are both in stable condition.

Forbes was found just before 4 a.m. He later died of his wounds.

Forbes' death was the second homicide in Albany this year.

Kornegay said she plans on holding a meeting with the community about the recent violence and what they can do to feel safer. Police say these shootings are separate and not related. Kornegay also said she doesn't blame people who are afraid to speak up in fear of retaliation, but stated the community needs to come together and end this senseless violence.

A rally, held by SNUG, will be held on Wednesday at 6 p.m. near the Port Tavern. On Thursday, another rally will be held at Lexington and Elk at 6 p.m.

Both investigations are ongoing.

If you have any information, you're asked to call Albany Police at (518) 462-8013.

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