On Saturday, around 1 a.m., the Bay County sheriff’s office in Panama City, Fla., was flooded with 911 calls after several gunshots were fired at a spring break house party. Although no fatalities have been reported, at least three victims are in critical condition.
One of the victims, Tykeria Etheridge, wrote on her Facebook wall, “I was shot several times including in the neck. I just knew I was dead,” she said. “All I could think about was my son. He’s all I got.”
According to the police, the three victims that are in critical condition are Kearria Free, 20, who was shot in the head, Devanta Moore, 21, who was shot in the chest and Henton Franklin, 22, who was shot in the side.
The other three victims are Jacole Young, 22, who was shot in the back at least three times, Kelli Curry, 21, who was shot in the leg, and a 20-year-old who was shot in the left arm, chest and knee and was reported to be undergoing surgery on Saturday.
The gunman who fired numerous shots on the packed dance floor has been identified as David Jamichael Daniels, 22, a resident of Mobile, Alabama. Daniels has been charged with seven counts of attempted murder — one count for each of the seven injured victims.
According to police, this is not the first outbreak of violence at a spring break gathering in Panama City. In the past few weeks, hundreds of people have been arrested in the beach town. Since Saturday, the Panama City Beach council has called an emergency meeting to discuss the recent outbreaks of violence and other offenses that have shaken up residents.
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(Photo: AP Photo/News Herald, Heather Leiphart)