ALBANY, N.Y. - Residents on Washington Avenue near Cortland Place had a disturbing wake up call early Saturday morning.
"It was around 3:20 am. I heard five gunshots," said a resident on Washington Avenue.
"And, I saw police lights outside my window," said Nicholas DeSantis, another Washington Avenue resident.
While police were at the scene, they got a call from Albany Medical Center saying that a man was at the emergency room with gunshot wounds. That man, 26 year old Edward Maxim from Albany, later died from his injuries.
"Having something happen so close to home. I was a little shaken up," said DeSantis.
He has lived in this neighborhood for a year. He says he's never seen anything like this. But, neighbors thinks Willie's Sports Bar on Washington Avenue could have something to do with the uptick in violence.
"Every weekend, there seems to be a lot of fights, broken bottles, all that kind of stuff out here," said DeSantis.
The owner of the bar told YNN he hasn't had any problems. Other residents, meanwhile, have asked for more police presence in the area.
"We are a very community policing based organization. There are eight officers in every neighborhood," said Officer Steve Smith of the Albany Police Department.
But, that doesn't stop residents from saying that the neighborhood, once populated with UAlbany students, has changed.
"I'll probably make sure the doors stay locked and I keep an eye out around here," said DeSantis.