7 Shot In Panama City Beach During Spring Break

Seven people were injured in a shooting in Panama City Beach, FL early Saturday morning, and several of the people involved have Alabama connections.

Alabama A&M University confirmed three female students are among the victims. University officials said in a statement that investigators told them the students were innocent victims who were in the wrong place when an altercation broke out and shots were fired.

Three of the victims were last listed in critical condition, three were in stable condition and one was still in surgery, according to the sheriff's office. The victims have been identified as:

    Kearria Freed, 20, of Mobile, was shot in the head; critical condition
    Anesia Powell, 20, was shot in the left arm, chest, and knee; in surgery
    Devanta Moore, 21, was shot in the chest; critical condition
    Jacole Young, 22, was shot in the back three times; stable condition
    Kelli Curry, 21, was shot in the leg; stable condition
    Tykeria Ethridge, 22, of Mobile, was shot in the neck and shoulder; stable condition
    Henton Franklin, 22, of Mobile, was shot in the side; critical condition

Freed, Curry and Powell were identified as the Alabama A&M students.

According to Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen, law enforcement responded to the shooting at a house located at 5312 Thomas Dr., at 12:55 a.m.  Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen described the scene as "chaotic." Authorities arrived to find three victims inside the house, one in front of the house, one in the median of Thomas Drive and two across the street.

David Jamichael Daniels, 22, of Mobile, has been charged with seven counts of attempted murder in the shooting. The sheriff said Daniels is the only suspect in the case, and the only gun used in the shooting, a 40-caliber handgun, has been recovered.

McKeithen said Daniels was out on bond for an arrest for drug possession out of Mobile.

Daniels has had multiple arrests since 2012 that include charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, loitering, probation violation, gambling and disorderly conduct, according to WALA-TV in Mobile.

Daniels is not an Alabama A&M student, according to the university. The university has mobilized counseling services for students and has sent campus personnel to Mobile. The university is asking for prayers for the victims.


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