OCSO Investigating Armed Robbery and Shooting

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is investigating an armed robbery and shooting that took place near a Lovejoy Road business in the Fort Walton Beach area Tuesday night.

27-year old Levi Jernigan says he was entering his business, American Wholesale, at 515 Lovejoy Road around 10:30 Tuesday night when he was approached by two black males wearing dark clothing and masks.

Jernigan says one of the men pulled out a handgun and demanded his backpack.

Jernigan tried to step back and run when he was shot in the back.

The robbers took Jernigan's backpack and fled.

Jernigan flagged down a passing motorist and asked to be taken to the hospital.

The driver was en route when he spotted two Fort Walton Beach police officers at the nearby gas station and stopped for help.

Jernigan was later taken by medical helicopter to a Pensacola hospital.

A search of the surrounding area did not turn up any immediate suspects.

The OCSO is asking anyone with information on the armed robbery and shooting contact Emerald Coast Crimestoppers at 850-863-TIPS.