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Albany kicks off 'Safe Summer Initiative' in the midst of streak of violence

ALBANY -- A Schenectady man was shot in the city of Albany late Friday night. It is the latest in a series of violent incidents in the city over the past few weeks. Kedar Morton, 21, was taken to Albany Medical Center, where he is listed in critical condition.

Police investigate this latest shooting, as a community comes together on the fourth anniversary of the death of a 10-year-old girl killed by a stray bullet.

Pastor Charlie Muller from Victory Christian Church says they are working to take even more guns off the street through the Enough program. He, along with law enforcement officials, kicked off the "Safe Summer Initiative" at Livingston Park in Albany.

The program will bring kids in the community together throughout the summer at different events where they can play safely. Muller says it's about being active in the community and building positive programs for kids.

The Enough Program started four years ago after Katina Thomas was killed. The young girl was hit by a stray bullet as she was playing outside in her West Hill neighborhood. Katina's mother, Shondell McAllister, says support from family and friends and her faith keep her strong.

Muller says the Enough program is something positive that came out of Katina's death. And, despite the critics, he says the program works. More than 450 guns have been turned in do far in exchange for gift certificates. Ten more came in at the event on Saturday. Albany County District Attorney says while progress is being made, more needs to be done.


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