Two suspects were identified, along with the victim in the Thursday morning murder on North 17th Avenue. Both suspects, one of which was 13-years-old, were also charged with capital murder.
Montez McDougle, 13-years-old, and James Williams, 21-years-old, were denied bond during their initial court appearances Friday afternoon.
Both were charged with capital murder and armed robbery for their apparent involvement in the shooting.
"Thursday at approximately 7:57 a.m, officers responded to the 100 block of North 17th Avenue on a shooting complaint. Upon arrival, officers located a male victim suffering from a single gunshot wound. The victim was transported to South Central Regional Medical Center via EmServ where he was pronounced dead," said Chief Cox in a statement Thursday.
The victim, Michael Tomario Pruitt, was 44-years-old, according to the LPD.
"At 9:33 a.m., Lt. Tommy Duffy located the victim’s car, which had been taken at the time of the shooting, near the intersection of Pine and Ash Streets. At 9:43 a.m., one suspect was arrested near Central Avenue and the other suspect fled on foot," added Chief Cox in his statement.
Members of the Jones County Sheriff’s Department assisted the Laurel Police Department in setting a perimeter," said Chief Cox.
At 10:11 a.m., the second suspect was taken into custody on East Oak St. by Lt. Kevin Jackson.
Lt. Michael Reaves is the primary officer assigned to the case.
"The Laurel Police Department would like to thank The Jones County Sheriff’s Department, Jones County Coroner, and EOC Dispatchers for their assistance in this case. Any persons with information about this or any other case are encouraged to call the LPD at 601-399-4440 or Crime Stoppers at 601-428-STOP," concluded Chief Cox.