Future mother in-law on the phone with murder victim before shooting
"He said, mama, they asked me if my name was Roy. And he said, no, my name is not Roy. He said but then they started shooting at him," explained Hinkle.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A man was found shot to death outside a west Louisville Elementary school Wednesday morning.
A close family friend said she got a call from the victim Tuesday night - saying someone was shooting at him.
A short time later, police discovered his body outside Brandeis Elementary School.
The victim was 40-year-old Troy D. Pruitt.
"He was running, you know, you could hear the sound, he was running and I kept saying, 'where you at, Troy, where you at?' He said, 'I'm by the school, I'm by the school,'" said Mary Hinkle, Pruitt's future mother in-law.
She explained, "Troy is my daughter's fiance."
Hinkle was on the phone with Pruitt when he was confronted by someone in a car on Tuesday night. She believes it was a case of mistaken identity.
"He said, 'mama, they asked me if my name was Roy.' And he said, 'no, my name is not Roy.' But then they started shooting at him," explained Hinkle.
Hinkle even heard the shots from her home on west Kentucky.
"I was like, oh God, I can't get Troy back on the phone, he's not answering the phone."
And the next phone call was just as disturbing.
"They had been riding around looking and looking. His sister called and said they got this -- down there by the school taped off and she said, I think it's Troy," said Hinkle.
Pruitt was pronounced dead outside Brandeis Elementary School. LMPD homicide detectives worked to clear the scene before teachers and hundreds of students could arrive Wednesday morning.
"There shouldn't be any evidence whatsoever that children or parents would be aware that there was a crime that occurred." said Alicia Smiley, with LMPD.
"It was a very unfortunate incident," said Shantil Newton, a parent of a student at the school.
It is all a little too close for comfort for neighbors and parents, but Newton is glad to know there is absolutely no connection to Brandeis.
"I wasn't alarmed because it wasn't during school hours, and I know that Brandeis has safety protocols and procedures in place if anything was to happen that they would shut the school down," said Newton.
Family and friends say Pruitt leaves behind several children.
If you have any information about the murder, you can call the anonymous tip line at 574-LMPD.
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