2 Arrested in Shooting at Spinnaker Parking Lot

A Panama City man has been hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the chest and two Tallahassee men have been arrested following a shooting Tuesday night in the parking lot outside Spinnaker Beach Club, according to Panama City Beach police.

Police charged Justin Lorne Merriweather, 20, Tallahassee, with leaving the scene of an accident involving injury and principle to attempted murder.

Xavier Remy-Francis Richards-Frost, 19, Tallahassee, has been charged with attempted murder.

According to police, officers responding to reports of a shooting arrived at Spinnaker's parking lot along Thomas Drive and found John Handford, 22, Panama City, suffering from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Police also found Benny Haisley, 31, Panama City, suffering from minor injuries to his foot after his foot was run over.

The two told police they had been involved in an altercation with two men in a car, who then left the parking lot and drove away. Police say the men drove back to the parking lot lookin gfor Hanford and Haisley, at which time Frost allegedly shot Hanford, and Merriweather allegedly drover over Haisley's foot as he tried to block the car.

As Merriweather and Frost again drove away, police say a concerned citizen followed them and called 9-11. Merriweather was located and arrested by the Bay County Sheriff's Office, although Frost was no longer in the car when Merriweather was stopped.

Investigators later learned Frost was staying at a friend's room iat Beach Break by the Sea. They found him there and arrested him without incident.

None of the injuries suffered in the incidents are believed to be life-threatening.

Merriweather and Frost were booked into the Bay County Jail.


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