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One arrested in shooting near SkyWheel in Pier Park

One person has been arrested after a shooting incident Sunday night near the area of the Panama...
One person has been arrested after a shooting incident Sunday night near the area of the Panama City Beach Sky Wheel in Pier Park.(WJHG/WECP)
Published: Mar. 1, 2021 at 6:17 AM CST|Updated: Mar. 1, 2021 at 7:16 AM CST
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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - UPDATE 11:36 a.m. 03/01/21:

Panama City Beach Police have arrested Martez Sweeden, 24, from Atlanta, in connection with a shooting in Pier Park in Panama City Beach Sunday night.

Police say Sweeden is charged with shooting into or at an occupied building.

Martez Sweeden is charged with shooting into or at an occupied building.
Martez Sweeden is charged with shooting into or at an occupied building.(Panama City Beach Police Department)

Sunday night, police say they responded to the area of SkyWheel in Pier Park after gunfire was reported. Witnesses told police they saw the driver of a car fire multiple rounds from the car towards the SkyWheel.

Officers say Sweeden was driving that car. They say he was stopped by law enforcement shortly after leaving the scene. They say they found spent shell casings inside the car that matched the casings at the scene in Pier Park.

They say no injuries or property damage has been reported at this time.

One person has been arrested after a shooting near the Skywheel at Pier Park Sunday night.

Newschannel 7 has learned the suspect arrested is not a local. Police also said they still don’t know why or what the suspect was shooting at.

As of Monday morning, there are no injuries or property damages reported, and police say they are still conducting interviews.

An employee at SkyWheel, Williams Hess, was there during the incident. ”As I was leaving, I hear pop pop,” he said. “I look over at the vehicle and saw it was not a backfire; it was a handgun, and I yelled on my radio, ‘everybody get inside; that isn’t a backfire that shots fired’, and I cleared a seven-foot fence.”

This is a developing story and we will keep you updated as we learn more.

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