7 Shot and Wounded at Florida Spring Break House Party

Lynette Holloway
David Jamichael Daniels, 22, of Mobile, Ala., was arrested after the spring break shooting in Panama City Beach, Fla.
Bay County Sheriff's Office

Seven people were shot and critically injured early Saturday after mayhem erupted at a spring-break house party in Panama City Beach, Fla., according to USA Today. The coastal community is known as "the Spring Break Capital of the World," the report says.

Bay County Sheriff's deputies are still trying to determine what sparked the shooting, which claimed no fatalities, but at least three victims were hospitalized in critical condition, the report said.


David Jamichael Daniels, 22, of Mobile, Ala., has been charged with seven counts of attempted murder and is jailed awaiting a court appearance, according to the news outlet.

Police say Daniels was free on bond on a drug-possession charge in Alabama and was accompanied by two others, one of whom had been recovering from a gunshot wound suffered a week before the Panama City Beach shooting, the report said.


The incident began about 1 a.m. Saturday after a series of people dialed 911 to report the shooting at  the spring-break rental house. When police arrived, they found seven victims, including three inside the home, one in front of the house, one in a median and two across the street from the home, the report said.

Police say that at least three were critically injured: Kearria Freed, 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 report says. Three others were listed in stable condition: Jacole Young, 22, who police said was shot in the back three times; Kelli Curry, 21, who was shot in the leg; and Tykeria Ethridge, 22, who was shot in the neck and shoulder, according to the report. A seventh victim, Anesia Powell, 20, was shot in the left arm, chest and knee and was undergoing surgery Saturday. No condition was given.


Three of the victims—Freed, Curry and Powell—are students at Alabama A&M University visiting Panama City Beach for spring break, according to university spokesman Jerome Saintjones. He said that investigators in Florida told the university Police Department that the students were innocent bystanders, according to USA Today.

The sheriff said that hundreds of people have been arrested in recent weeks around Panama City during spring break celebrations. "The crowds of college students bring a parallel migration of unsavory visitors to the area, he said, and combined with heavy consumption of alcohol, it's 'a recipe for disaster,' " according to the report.

Read more at USA Today.

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