Shooting in Albany leaves one man dead

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Albany Police are investigating the eighth homicide in the city halfway into 2018, tying last year’s total, after a man was shot and killed early Saturday morning.

It’s the third one in just the last two weeks. 

Police say around 12:30 a.m. Kahlil Barnes, 31, was found with a gunshot wound inside a car by Quail and First Streets. 

It happened just hours before the funeral for the victim of last weekend’s homicide, Elijah Cancer.  

“The father of the slain young man, Elijah, today, he’s calling for guns down, no violence, in the name of his son,” resident, Jamil Hood said. 

From there, Hood stopped at the home of the latest victim. 

“Extremely upset, and the family’s just shocked,” Hood said. 

He’s tired of the violence on the streets of the city, as if the rest of the community. 

“There’s no words. It’s just goodness, when is this going to stop,” Hood said. “I’m worried for my children, everybody else’s child out here.”

It happened in the same intersection as a homicide in January, across the street from the JC Club, where Pastor Charlie Muller of Victory Christian Church has been feeding kids for years.

“I feel horrible. My heart’s broken,” Muller said.

He’s had enough, so through his church he’s giving $200 to anyone who turns in an illegal handgun, and first thing Monday morning he’ll be installing a camera system to monitor the intersection.

“If anybody commits a crime, we’re going to have them on video you know and that’ll stop it,” Muller said.

But he and Hood say residents also have to be on the lookout and speak up because no one wants to see another life lost too soon.

“You know what’s going on in your block. Don’t just you know shrug it off,” Muller added.

“There’s a code out here that young men don’t want to break,” Hood said. “We need to come together as a community and make sure that this doesn’t happen anymore.”

If you know anything about what happened call police at 1-518-462-8039, or submit an anonymous tip through Capital Region Crime Stoppers at 1-833-ALB-TIPS or online at capitalregioncrimestoppers.com.

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