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Gang leader arrested for murder of rival. Is more coming?

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A reported gang leader was arrested yesterday in Thomasville, Ga.  Danny Wilkerson is allegedly a high ranking member in the notorious Bloods street gang.  The victim in the shooting, 24 year old Dontavious Luke who was killed in an altercation this past weekend.

Luke was reported to be a leader of the Rattlers gang, a rival gang of the Bloods in Albany.

There were previous arrests on Tuesday relating to the incident.  According to APD media manager Phyllis Banks, police have also arrested:

  • Kelvin Drake was charged with Aggravated Assault, Criminal Damage to Property in the 2nd Degree, Possession of a firearm by convicted felon, Possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and Criminal Street Gang Participation. Additional charges are pending.
  •  Manasseh Skinner was charged with Aggravated Assault, False report of a crime, Possession of a firearm by convicted felon, Possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and Criminal Street Gang Participation.
  •  Keith Roberson was charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault, Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and Criminal Street Gang Participation.

This is not the first alleged incident of gang violence rocking the city.  The City of Albany’s fireworks demonstration was cut short due to a series of fights.  Officers at the James H. Gray Civic Center identified several of the participants as members of either the Bloods or the Rattlers.

Sources tell the Journal that this may only be the beginning as “something big” may be on the horizon, most likely in the downtown area of Albany.  Official thus far have failed to comment regarding the information.  Anyone with any information is urged to contact police or call Crimestoppers at 436-TIPS.

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