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Gunman Injures Seven People At Florida Spring Break Party

| by Kathryn Schroeder
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Seven people were shot at a Panama City Beach, Florida, spring break house party at around 1 a.m. Saturday.

Police received multiple 911 calls from party attendees. When they arrived on the scene, shooting victims were found inside the home, outside, across the street, and in the street’s median, reports The Daily Mail.

A .40-caliber handgun was found in the yard of a home nearby. It is believed to have been the weapon used by the shooting suspect.

A suspect was apprehended based on witnesses’ descriptions shortly after the attack.

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David Jamichael Daniels, 22, was arrested near the Gulf of Mexico. He has been charged with seven counts of attempted murder.

USA Today reports that none of the victims have died from the injuries they sustained. Three are listed in critical condition.

The three victims in critical condition are: Kearria Freed, 20, who was shot in the head; Devanta Moore, 21, who sustained a gun shot to the chest; and Henton Franklin, 22, who was shot in the side.

Three other victims are listed in stable condition: Jacole Young, 22, who was shot in the back three times; Kelli Curry, 21, who was shot in the leg; and Tykeria Etheridge, 22, who was shock in the shoulder and neck.

Etheridge posted to Facebook while in recovery.

"I was shot several times including in the neck. I just knew I was dead," Etheridge wrote. "All I could think about was my son. He (sic) all I got. Im cryin right now the fact im stuck w these bullets man life too short. I thank the Lord for still being here cus he aint done w me yet," Etheridge wrote.

Amnesia Powell, 20, the seventh victim, was shot in the left arm, chest, and knee. She was undergoing surgery Saturday and her condition was not given.

Three of the victims are students from Alabama A&M University and were in Panama City Beach celebrating spring break. University police were notified by investigators of the attack and were told the students were innocent bystanders. The university has sent staff to Panama City Beach to assist the victims.

Sheriff Frank McKeithen said Daniels was currently free on bond for a drug possession charge in Alabama. He was accompanied by two others at the time of the shooting.

Daniel’s companions were questioned, but no charges were filed. A motive for Daniels actions has not been given.

Panama City Beach has been referred to as “the Spring Break Capital of the World.” During February and March up to six million young people visit the city, that has a normal population of about 12,000.

McKeithen said the migration of unsavory visitors that come to the town along with crowds of college students, combined with heavy consumption of alcohol, makes “a recipe for disaster.”

Sources: USA Today, The Daily Mail / Photo Source: The Daily Mail