Victims in Prattville triple homicide identified; Police vow to catch killers
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The three men gunned down at a Prattville barbershop were identified Wednesday as police continue working to catch the suspected killers.
Police Chief Mark Thompson released the new information in the case at a press conference at public safety headquarters.
Eddie Scott, 56, of Autauga County, Anthony Smith, 45, of Autauga County and Al Benson, 50, of Elmore County, were killed during an apparent armed robbery at the Hook-Up Barbershop near the intersection of Highway 82 and Highway 14.
Local and federal authorities are looking for 35-year-old Marty D. Morgan and a second unidentified man. Morgan is described as being six-foot, 145 pounds and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans. He is considered armed and extremely dangerous.
Thompson said around 10:30 p.m. Monday, Morgan knocked on the front door of the barbershop, which is located behind the Beeline service station in the 100 block of Hwy 82 Bypass West in Prattville.
"The people inside knew him and opened the door. He had another male with him dressed in black with some kind of mask on his face and he was armed with a shotgun. They entered the barbershop and shortly after that, shots started being fired by the two suspects," Chief Thompson said.
Two victims died at the scene and one died shortly after getting to the hospital. One man is still in the hospital with what police describe as non life threatening injuries.
Investigators believe Morgan and the other suspect were attempting to rob the shop.
Morgan is wanted for three counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and seven counts of robbery. The warrants are active and authorities are searching for him.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts or any other details surrounding this shooting is asked to contact the Prattville Police Department.
Central Alabama CrimeStoppers is offering a $1000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case.
No description or information is available on the second masked suspect.
"We do not have a name or any other leads on the second subject but we expect to shortly," Thompson said.
Thompson also said Morgan is from Prattville and is known to local law enforcement.
Prattville police are working with the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force in the search for Morgan and they are ramping up their efforts to close in on him, which is why officials say he should just give up and surrender.
"We're executing search warrants in areas of Prattville and doing road blocks in another area of Prattville and we are taking this to the next step. We are going to be very aggressive. We're going to make a statement in this case. Morgan needs to go ahead and turn himself in. As for the others involved, it's just a matter of time," Thompson said.
When asked if Marty Morgan is still believed to be in Prattville, the chief responded that investigators met with the U.S. Marshal's Wednesday morning about the case and they expected to be getting more information on his whereabouts very soon.
Police have not released the name of the wounded victim. There's no update on his condition.
Several other people in the barbershop at the time of the killings were not injured. Officials declined to say exactly how many people were inside the business that night or if Morgan knew any of them.
"This also involves more than just the three losses that we're talking about here. There are a lot of families involved. We have three names here but it's destroyed a lot more people," said Prattville Mayor Bill Gillespie. "To the guys that are in question here, do the right thing not only for yourself but for your families and turn yourself in."
Police confirmed that one of the victims tried to run away, but was followed by the suspects and shot at the gas station next door.
"People need to release the brutality that took place during these homicides. The people who committed these crimes have no feeling, no remorse. They will hurt you as quick as they murdered the people in this case. You need to call us and let us know if you know anything about it. If we found out anyone is aiding or abetting, they will be prosecuted as well," the chief said.
The police department was indicated that the names of the victims were posted on social media before all of their family members were notified and officials discouraged people from posting that kind of sensitive information.
"We would like to apologize to the families. Prattville PD did not have anything to do with that. Some people don't think about people's feelings when they get on Facebook. We discourage anyone from putting anything on Facebook and let the family have some peace. They have to go through enough with what happened," Chief Thompson said.
The case is being handled as a capital murder investigation, officials in the District Attorney's Office stated.
Marty Morgan is African American, six foot, 145 pounds and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans. He is considered armed and extremely dangerous.
The police chief told members of the media that he cannot remember a triple homicide ever happening in Prattville before.
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