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Suspect charged with capital murder, attempted murder in Montgomery double shooting

Ronnie Hawkins Jr. is charged with capital murder and attempted murder following a shooting on...
Ronnie Hawkins Jr. is charged with capital murder and attempted murder following a shooting on Montgomery's Pelzer Avenue on May 14, 2021.(Source: Montgomery County Detention Facility)
Updated: May. 17, 2021 at 6:05 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - A suspect has been arrested and charged in connection with Friday’s double shooting on Montgomery’s Pelzer Avenue.

Montgomery police and fire medics responded to the 2900 block of Pelzer Avenue around 1:20 p.m. Friday on reports of people having been shot. On scene, first responders found a man and woman with life-threatening injuries.

Ronnie Hawkins Jr., 27, was initially charged with two counts of attempted murder and one count of first-degree burglary, according to court documents. The burglary charge stems from Hawkins’ alleged unlawful entry into the residence where the victims were then shot.

On Monday evening, Montgomery police said one of the attempted murder counts was upgraded to capital murder after one of the victims died of his injuries. That victim was identified as Wilman Jones, 85, of Montgomery.

Police say the woman’s condition was upgraded to non-life-threatening.

According to arrest affidavits, Hawkins shot one victim in the abdomen and the other in the buttocks and elbow.

Hawkins is being held at the Montgomery County Detention Facility.

The investigation is ongoing. Police are asking anyone with information on this case to call CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP, Secret Witness at 625-4000 or MPD at 625-2831.

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