Albany neighborhood watch leaders speak out about Florida shooting

Neighborhood watch leaders say to call police first and let them handle any confrontation / Ashley Knight

Neighborhood watch leaders in Albany say they never condone carrying firearms if patrolling the area.

Those in neighborhood watches are keeping their eyes on the news, ever since a watch member was accused of shooting and killing a teenager in central Florida.

Sitting on his front porch in West Albany, Dr. Charles Gillespie can see half a mile down the road in either direction--a good thing for a neighborhood watch leader. Tips from neighbors he passes onto police, but never has he been in an altercation with a suspicious person.

"We don't do that. Now I may follow somebody in a car and just try to get a tag number or some of the others might do that, but it's no kind of confrontational situation," says Gillespie.

Same goes for Robert Montgomery of the East side neighborhood watch.

Montgomery believes Zimmerman, the accused gunman, acted unprofessionally and he tells his neighborhood watch members instead of reaching for a gun, to reach for the phone.

"They were trying to protect that neighborhood, now they have destroyed it. We don't want to get into that," says Montgomery.

Gillespie says he won't form an opinion of what happened that day--at least not yet.

"Well I think there are a lot of facts yet to come out. I wouldn't condemn anybody one way or the other."