Laurel murder victim identified

James Williams (left) and Montez McDougle (right)
James Williams (left) and Montez McDougle (right)(Source: Jones County Jail)
Published: Aug. 2, 2021 at 2:52 PM CDT

LAUREL, Miss. (WDAM) - The victim of the deadly shooting that took place in Laurel last Thursday morning has been identified.

Jones County Coroner Burl Hall identified the victim as 44-year-old Michael Tomario Pruitt, of Laurel.

Pruitt was found shot on North 17th Avenue when Laurel Police Department officers responded to a shooting just before 8 a.m. Thursday morning. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to Police Chief Tommy Cox.

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Police also found Pruitt’s vehicle almost an hour and a half later at the intersection of Pine and Ash streets after it was taken from the scene.

Two suspects were located and arrested shortly after Pruitt was taken to the hospital. One of them was arrested near Central Avenue around 9:45 a.m., and the second was arrested on East Oak Street about 25 minutes later.

James Williams, 21, and Montez McDougle, 13, are charged with capital murder and armed robbery.

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The suspects were denied bond during their initial court appearances Friday and are currently being held at the Jones County Jail.

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