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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  • by Emerald Location: PCB FL on Mar 9, 2012 at 12:11 AM
    Wow...Only in PCB! Spring break is sooo Scary here. Cops this year are getting EXTREAMLY strict this year. Last year was horrible. My bf got a ticket three days ago just because the radio was too loud. If you come to PCB at this time. Be careful and what not. I think this will be one of the worst spring breaks we've EVER had..
  • by beach guy on Mar 7, 2012 at 04:32 PM
    1st week of spring break and we already have a shooting. Im betting this sprink break is more deadly than any previous ones. Its obvious that alot of the people that are here are not college kids, they are here for the party.
  • by local on Mar 7, 2012 at 12:44 PM
    not the first time someone was shot in spinaker parking lot. a friend was shot in the neck because he ducked. it was aimed at his head. the guy said who wants to die, how about you and shot him. he got charged with agrivated battery with a weapon. no attempted murder.
  • by Diana Location: PCB on Mar 7, 2012 at 08:14 AM
    Panama City Thugs as usual! People need to stop blaming everything on the spring breakers!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 7, 2012 at 08:02 AM
    Welcome to Spring Break 2012,Panama City Beach, Florida..and the fun begins.....
  • by Anonymous on Mar 7, 2012 at 07:08 AM
    Welcome to Spring Break
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