Sus­pect in cus­tody, 2 vic­tims still in hospi­tal

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Am­ber Pittman

Four men where shot in a home on West Street Tues­day night and one man suc­cumbed to his in­juries Thurs­day af­ter­noon ac­cord­ing to de­tec­tives from the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment.

Of­fi­cers were called to the home at ap­prox­i­mately 8:15 p.m. in ref­er­ence to a per­son shot, but when they ar­rived, they re­port­edly found four men, rang­ing in age from teens to early 30s, shot. One man was taken to New­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter and the other three were life-flighted to At­lanta. Wit­nesses fingered 18year-old Ja­maal Prid­gett of Ox­ford as the shooter. Prid­gett was not at the scene when de­tec­tives ar­rived.

Ac­cord­ing to state­ments, the five men were play­ing dice when Prid­gett re­port­edly stood up, pro­duced a pis­tol and or­dered the other four men to the ground. The vic­tims were robbed and then shot, ac­cord­ing to de­tec­tives.

Prid­gett al­legedly fled the scene, but of­fi­cers in Por­terdale lo­cated the ve­hi­cle he was last seen in parked in front of a home on Hazel Street and sev­eral of­fi­cers from both CPD and PPD sur­rounded the res­i­dence.

A res­i­dent of the home re­port­edly told of­fi­cers Prid­gett was hid­ing in a back room of the house. Of­fi­cers be­gan call­ing for Prid­gett to come out of the room and af­ter

sev­eral min­utes of ne­go­ti­a­tions Prid­gett re­port­edly crawled out of the room with his hands up, ac­cord­ing to re­ports re­leased by the Por­terdale Po­lice Depart­ment.

Prid­gett was trans­ported to the New­ton County De­ten- tion Cen­ter where he was charged with four counts of ag­gra­vated as­sault and four counts of armed rob­bery. But at roughly noon Thurs­day one of the shoot­ing vic­tims, a 20- year- old man, who has yet to be iden­ti­fied pub­li­cally, died. An au­topsy will be per­formed by the Ge­or­gia Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tions Fri­day.

Ac­cord­ing to CPD Detec- tive D. J. Seals, Prid­gett was in­formed Thurs­day af­ter­noon that he would be charged ad­di­tion­ally with mal­ice mur­der fol­low­ing the death of one of the vic­tims.

Ac­cord­ing to Seals the other three vic­tims are im­prov­ing.

“ They are im­prov­ing which we are very glad to hear,” he said. “ None­the­less we still have four vic­tims.”

Michelle Kim/The Cov­ing­ton News

Flash­ing lights: yet to be pub­licly iden­ti­fied.


Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

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