Councilman reacts to recent violence in Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Four separate shootings took place in the city of Albany over three days.

Albany Third Ward Councilman Ronald Bailey was meeting with NEWS10 ABC Monday night to discuss the four recent shootings when he received a phone call about shots possibly being fired.

“Well, I’m going to go over there and have a talk with the young man, find out what he has to say and then we’ll more from there,” he said. “I have to find out what the situation and what the problem is first.”

The recent gun fire hits home for Bailey.

“Well the victim from Friday night happens to be a cousin of mine,” he said.

His cousin is 18-years old and was shot in the leg Friday night on Clinton Avenue. Bailey said he went to church for some comfort.

“I pray for him every day as I pray for my city, my community,” he said.

The violence continued into the weekend. On Saturday, a 20-year-old man was shot at Lark Street and Sheridan Avenue, and a 23-year-old man was shot on Livingston Avenue. On Sunday, a 20-year-old man was shot on Jeanette Street and Delaware Avenue.

“I just hope that one day, one day soon, that we’ll be able to tell people it’s alright to walk the streets now,” Bailey said.

But Bailey said people must help in order for that to happen.

“One of the things that we got to get past is a meeting to have a meeting to have a meeting because we have all these meetings,” he said. “We have all these marches and no action is every brought to the community.”

All of the shooting victims are expected to be okay.

Anyone with information is expected to contact Albany police.

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