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Two men charged with murder in deadly shooting on Madison Street

Two men charged with murder in deadly...

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Two men are now charged with murder in connection with a deadly shooting on Madison Street in Columbia.

Darold Pruitt and Devontre Kennedy were both charged Monday with second-degree murder.

According to court documents, a police detective learned Pruitt and Kennedy were involved in the shooting that happened after 10 p.m. Tuesday  that left Shamya Brimmage dead and sent another woman to the hospital.

Callers to 911 reported a black Chevrolet or Cadillac truck and a man in a red hat and shirt were involved in the shooting.

Less than two hours after the shooting, officers familiar with Pruitt and Kennedy found a black Chevrolet Avalanche parked in the street on High Quest Circle. Kennedy was inside of the vehicle and Pruitt was inside of a home. Officers say they saw spent shell casings on the outside of the vehicle that matched the shell casings found at the scene of the shooting. Laboratory analysis later confirmed both batches of casings were fired by the same gun.

According to court documents, an officer who responded to assist on High Quest said he saw Pruitt as a passenger in the Avalanche earlier that night. The officer said he followed Pruitt in the Avalanche to a nearby liquor store. Officers later got surveillance video from the store and confirmed Pruitt was wearing a red shirt and a red hat.

During an interview with police, Pruitt admitted he was at the first shooting that happened around 6 p.m., documents said.  Pruitt claimed he was the target of that shooting. He also told investigators he met up with Kennedy shortly after the first shooting and was with him until about 8 p.m., when Kennedy took Pruitt to work. Pruitt then said he left work around 10 p.m. with Kennedy in the Avalanche and went to High Quest Circle without making any stops.

Officers found surveillance video that shows Pruitt and Kennedy do not arrive at Pruitt's workplace until around 11 p.m.  They are seen going into the building and then leaving several minutes later.

Court documents say during Kennedy's interview, Kenney said he had not been with Pruitt in Pruitt's Avalanche at all that day. Kennedy claimed he was waiting in the Avalanche outside of Pruitt's house on High Quest when police contacted him.


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