Two men shot, one dies while breaking up fight in Albany

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Albany Police say Elijah Cancer and another man were trying to break up a fight on Teunis Street early Saturday morning when they were shot. Police say a large group of women was fighting when the two men intervened. Cancer was hit in the torso and later died, the other man was hit in the arm. Now police are searching for who pulled the trigger.

"We need people to speak up, they can call the police and we need to get people off the streets that are deciding to fire guns at us,” says Steve Smith of Albany Police.

A friend of Cancer's says he was also part of an anti-violence group in the city.

Police say this is the seventh homicide this year. In 2017, Police say there were a total of eight homicides.

"People in this community should be very angry,” Smith said.

Smith says Albany police have been cracking down on gun violence this, snatching 47 guns off the streets and arresting 37 people. But he says catching this shooter will require the public's help.

"We've had some violent incidents over the past week. We can't be everywhere at once. We need people to work with us to provide infomration to us, especially when it comes to gun violence,” Smith says.

Smith says the other victim is expected to survive. But if you have any information on the shooter, call Albany Police or submit a tip through Capitol Region Crime Stoppers. All tips are anonymous. You can submit them through their website at

There are 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.

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