7 Shot at Florida Spring Break Party

Including 3 Alabama A&M University students
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 29, 2015 9:44 AM CDT
This Saturday, March 28, 2015 photo shows a rental home, foreground, along Thomas Drive in Panama City Beach, Fla. where seven people were injured in an early morning shooting during a house party.    (Heather Leiphart)
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(Newser) – Seven people were injured, some critically, during an early-morning spray of gunfire yesterday at a spring house break party in Panama City Beach, Florida. Multiple 911 calls flooded in just before 1am reporting the shootings at the three-story, vacation-rental home located several blocks off the beach. Deputies found a sprawling crime scene: victims inside the home, outside and across the street from it, and in the street's median, the Bay County Sheriff's Office says. ABC News reports that witnesses helped ID David Jamichael Daniels, 22, of Mobile, Alabama, who has since been charged with seven counts of attempted murder and jailed awaiting a first court appearance. Daniels was at the time free on bond on a drug possession charge in Alabama, says Sheriff Frank McKeithen.

No motive has been revealed; the shooting apparently began while partygoers were dancing. At least three people were critically injured, including Kearria Freed, 20, who was shot in the head. She was one of three students from Alabama A&M University among those shot. The school was told the students were innocent bystanders. "As a father of a daughter, the young ladies seemed to be doing what I'd want my daughter to do—stick closely with your friends and don't get separated," says an A&M rep of Freed; Kelli Curry, 21; and Anesia Powell, 20, per a statement run by Al.com. "Unfortunately, that wasn't enough." By sunset on Saturday new renters, a family with Indiana license plates, had moved into the rental home. They said they were aware that multiple people had been shot inside the home less than 24 hours earlier. (Read more spring break stories.)

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