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Prattville barbershop the scene of Monday night triple homicide

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The Prattville Police Department is investigating a triple homicide at a barbershop near the intersection of Highway 82 and Highway 14.

Police Chief Mark Thompson said officers 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 Hook-Up Barber and Style Shop, 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.

Thompson indicated that one of the victims tried to run away, but was found near the gas station service pumps and shot again.Two victims died at the scene and one died shortly after getting to the hospital. One man is still in the hospital.

"We feel like his injuries are non-life-threatening," the chief stated.

Investigators believe Morgan and the other suspect were attempting to rob the shop. Chief Thompson did not comment on reports of possible gambling going on inside the business at the time of the killings.

"I’m not going to talk about what was occurring or what didn’t occur. What we know is that Marty Morgan and another subject entered the building and shots were fired and we have three citizens deceased," the chief added.

Marty 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 Morgan.

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 suspect at this time, but the investigation is ongoing.

"We do not have a name or any other leads on the second subject but Mr. Morgan needs to go ahead and turn himself in for everybody involved," Thompson urged.

Morgan is from Prattville and is known to local law enforcement, the chief said.

"This is going on all over the country. We’ve just been fortunate it hasn’t happened in Prattville. We’ve pretty much have been holding our breath but it’s happened now and we’re going to do everything we can to prosecute and make sure that ones that committed this crime are prosecuted fully. Hopefully, they will get the maximum sentence in this case," Thompson added.

The victims were not identified Tuesday, as authorities notified their relatives. Police indicated that they are from the local area.

"It’s a very difficult time for small town America like we are," said Prattville Mayor Bill Gillespie. "It’s the best of times and the worst of times. We are a very safe community because of our first responders but we did have a tragedy last night and there are three or more families impacted because of this and I hope we can all keep them in our prayers."

At the scene Tuesday afternoon, family members said they did not have any comments on the tragic shooting deaths.

Many in the area knew the victims and expressed their condolences. Throughout the day on Tuesday cars drove slowly past the barbershop, looking at the area where the horrific crime took place.

"I feel bad about it because they were my friends," said Larry Dukes as he visited the convenience store next to the shop. "I hurt because I know them real close."

Kerry Albert, an eyewitness, survived the deadly incident by hiding in the bathroom. He was friends with the victims and said he was emotional about what happened during the traumatic events.

"We were playing a few dominoes, and the guys just came in and started shooting," he said. "God was with me. I dodged a lot of shots. God had a shield over me."

Albert said he recognized one of the suspects, but not the other gunman. He hopes they are caught soon.

"They did something so stupid and took some kids’ fathers away from them," he stated.

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