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Posted: October 20, 2008 5:00 a.m.

One dead in multiple shooting

Suspect in custody, 2 victims still in hospital

Michelle Kim/

Flashing lights: (Above) City of Covington Police respond to a quadruple shooting call on West Street at approximately 8:15 p.m. Tuesday.

 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 18-year-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 Detention 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 Detective 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."

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