Albany Police identify Quail Street homicide victim
UPDATE: Albany Police have identified the victim of a Saturday morning homicide as Kahlil Barnes, 31, of Albany.
At about 12:30 a.m. Saturday, officers responding to the area of Quail and First Street for a report of a shooting found Barnes inside a car, with gunshot wounds.
Barnes was treated at the scene and transported to Albany Medical Center, where he was later pronounced deceased.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Albany Police Detective Division at 518-462-8039.
Those with information are also reminded that 100% anonymous tips can be submitted to Capital Region Crime Stoppers at 1(833)-ALB-TIPS, online at www.capitalregioncrimestoppers.com or by downloading the free P3 Tips mobile app. Tips that lead to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward.
"I said it three days ago, watch and see, and here we go again," said Pastor Charlie Muller of Victory Christian Church.
Another weekend, another killing. Police say a 31-year-old man was shot in a car at the corner of First and Quail Street just after midnight. That location is right by Pastor Charlie Mueller's JC Club, where he holds anti-gun violence events.
"Enough. That's it, Enough,” Muller said.
The shooting brings this year’s total up to eight homicides. That is the same number of homicides in all of 2017. Three of those homicides have occurred in the last two weeks. 14 people have been shot in the city in that same time span.
This also happened on the same day as Elijah Cancer’s funeral. He's the man who was shot and killed just a week ago on Teunis Street. His funeral was at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Albany. That is the same place that held a prayer vigil for him on the night of his death.
"Elijah was about peace. and that's what our relationship was about. He always brought a sense of peace about him,” said Albany Common Council Member Jahmel Robinson.
Robinson was one of Cancer's childhood friends. This morning's shooting happened in his ward. For now, police are not releasing the victim's name.
"The violence needs to stop. Families are hurting, our communities are hurting, our city is hurting,” Robinson said.
"We need for people to put their guns down,” said Mayor Kathy Sheehan in her exclusive interview with CBS6’s Liz Bishop.
Sheehan also said in that interview that limiting the hours of convenience stores may help, since several of these recent killings happened early in the morning.
"You have people that are hanging out there late at night. You're not usually getting a gallon of milk at one o'clock in the morning,” Sheehan said
Police are once again calling on the public's help. If you have any information, give them call.
You can also submit a tip with Capitol Region Crime Stoppers. They are completely anonymous. The link to their site is below.
Here are the three ways you can submit a tip.
• You may call the Capital Region Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-(833)-ALB-TIPS
• Submit a tip via this website by clicking "Submit a Tip" at the top of this webpage.
• Download the FREE application to your smart device or cellphone