The Bay County Sheriff’s Office responded to two drive-by shootings yesterday, January 21, 2016, and is asking for the assistance of the public to locate a vehicle believed used by the suspects in one of the shootings.
At approximately 7:30 pm yesterday, BCSO deputies responded to a home on Stacey Drive, Panama City, after a 911 caller complained of a discharged firearm. Deputies responded and spoke to the owner of the home. The victim stated she was inside the home with her daughter in a bedroom when they heard a noise she described like a “ping”. They went outside and observed that one of the bedroom windows had been shot out. The victim also told deputies her son, now living in the home with her but not home at that time, had gotten into a fight recently with someone but she did not have a name of that person or where the fight occurred. She did not know where her son was at the time. Deputies observed a total of four bullet holes along the bedroom window and window frame near the roadway. Within the home, one of the bullets traveled through the bedroom, bathroom, a second bedroom and into the living room before landing on the kitchen floor.
A witness observed a vehicle fleeing the area after the gunshots. It is described as a blue, possible two door Honda Civic. It appears to be a new model vehicle with dark tinted windows. Anyone with information on this car or incident is asked to contact the Bay County Sheriff’s Office at 747-4700 or Crime Stoppers at 785-TIPS.
The second drive-by shooting occurred at about 9:35 pm at a home on Shadow Bay Drive in Callaway. The homeowner stated to deputies he had just left the living room to join his wife in the kitchen when he heard two loud shots. He went back into the living room and discovered shattered glass from the windows facing north. Deputies found two large holes in the windows with BB holes in the plantation blinds, indicating a shotgun blast. Two Federal 12 gauge shotgun shells were located in the middle of the roadway, just east of the residence.
BCSO Criminal Investigations is working both cases. At this time, there is no evidence the incidents are related, however, investigators do not believe they were random.
Anyone with information about these incidents in asked to contact the Bay County Sheriff’s Office at 747-4700 or Crime Stoppers at 785-TIPS.
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