Man shot in the head at Panama City gun range

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Panama City - A man is in critical condition after shooting himself in the head five or six times at a Panama City gun range.

The Bay County sheriff's office says the shooting was self-inflicted but doesn't know yet if it was accidental or on purpose.

The man walked into Jays Guns and Accessories on Highway 390 near the old airport to use the range just before one o clock. First responders got the call half an hour later that someone had been shot multiple times in the head.

Paramedic's rushed the man to Bay Medical.

Jays Guns and Accessories is divided into a gun shop and a shooting range. Major Tommy Ford of the Bay County Sheriff’s Department told NewsChannel 7 no one was in the range with the man at the time.

"The employee of the shop was watching from the shop side separated by the wall. There were no other customers in the store and no other subjects shooting in the range area at the time."

Authorities haven't released much information about the man yet, but we do know he is in his mid twenties and carried an out-of-state driver's license.


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  • by davik2011 Location: Panama city on May 13, 2012 at 06:07 AM
    I agree with other post. Someone needs to check camera footage. It would be so painful to shoot your head once. I believe you would drop the firearm. The type of pistol was not released. If it was a Mac-10 or knock off and it jammed and the customer had filed off sear or sear lock to convert to full auto. Then I would believe 5 shots to the head by accident. Attempted suicide is not even a possibility from info released. Thoughts and prayers with him and the family. I like JAYS to all u haters!!!
  • by Jim Location: Santa Rosa Beach on Nov 26, 2011 at 10:49 AM
    I am a member of Jay's also. I can't say enough about how friendly and helpful they are there. They took the time to show my fiance and children everything you needed to know about gun handling and safety. I feel sorry for the employees there. They are nice people!
  • by Angela Location: Panama City on Nov 16, 2011 at 09:37 PM
    How do you shoot yourself in the head multiple times? I think someone needs to check the cameras. I think that someone shot him in the head multiple times.
  • by Joshua Location: Panama City on Mar 11, 2011 at 02:50 PM
    He probably shot himself after seeing the ridiculous ripoff prices at Jay's, or maybe after dealing with the worst customer service ever...
  • by Rich Location: Panama City on Mar 2, 2011 at 06:36 AM
    This is shocking and sad, my heart goes out to this young man and his loved ones. As a member at Jay's I can tell you they run the range at all times with safty being the number one factor!
  • by allied Location: pcb on Mar 2, 2011 at 12:27 AM
    I wish there were more options for people to get help that are thinking of suicide. Terminally ill patients aside. I dont know what was in his thoughts at this time but i do know that the bouncing around of him was not what should have occurred. Some people are terminally sad and don't wish to continue. I am heartbroken for the mother and family that have been affected by this. It is hard to recover from this if ever, I wish her strength in this time.
  • by annie Location: PCB on Feb 28, 2011 at 03:59 AM
    God Bless this young man's family. I have worked in the Health Care Industry for over 30 yrs. It is so sad in this country that we can spend money across the nation but can't spend money for our own people here suffering from Mental Illness and Job Loss. This kind of thing will continue to happen if the Political BS doesn't stop and we get on track with helping americans here in the good old USA. The family of this young man will be in my prayers. God Bless you all
  • by Neal Location: Panama City on Feb 27, 2011 at 12:25 PM
    One thing I can say is that I have had lots of dealings with Jays guns and it is the safest gun shop in town. I took the coneealed course there and they are very serious about gun safety. Every time you look at a gun they will check the chamber to make to make sure the gun is empty and safe before handing it to you. Most other store's in town don't even take the time to do this. If you are holding your gun they will also ask you to pull the clip out and empty the chamber. I feel safe in Jay's guns. So sorry for the lost of a loved one. My prayer are with your family.
  • by mfcmom Location: panama city on Feb 25, 2011 at 02:55 PM
    To the mother of the young man. My empathy and sadness are with you. I have adopted a child with serious mental health issues. There is no continuity of care and they are pumped full of drugs to no avail. My eleven year old has been hospitalized twice already, once being given Lithium at 9 years old. He got violent after that. He has never been the same. My heart hurts for you know you are in my prayers. You beautiful baby boy is at peace now, with God.
  • by Wendi Location: Panama City Beach on Feb 24, 2011 at 12:29 PM
    Yes, Shannon... I agree that all need to know the whole story, but they never will. Unfortunately, this is something that I wish we could stop. Please send my thoughts and prayers to his family.
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