Three spring break revelers were critically wounded Saturday when a gunman opened fire at a crowded house party on the coast of Florida, authorities said.
Seven victims, who included a handful of Alabama A&M University students, were found at the Panama City Beach bash, one of whom had been shot in the head, Bay County Sheriff’s Office announced in the hours after the 12:55 a.m. round of gunfire.
A desperate spree of 911 calls brought deputies to victims strewn about a home at 5312 Thomas Drive, steps away from the sandy beach.
In the seconds after being shot, one victim, Tykeria Etheridge, thought she would not survive. The 22-year-old mother of one and other victims had trekked the three-hour drive from Mobile, Ala., to party.
“I was shot several times including in the neck. I just knew I was dead,” Etheridge wrote on Facebook. “All I could think about was my son. He (sic) all I got.”
Etheridge says she was “just an innocent person like everybody else” when the alleged gunman, David Jamichael Daniels, 22, fired a handgun into the packed room of dancers, striking seven people.
Police said the shooting followed an altercation, but did not elaborate.
Police found the discarded weapon in a nearby backyard and quickly captured Daniels after he ran away from the bloodied scene. He was later charged with seven counts of attempted murder.
Officers brought him back to the house party where witnesses identified him as the shooter.
In addition to Etheridge, police identified two other out-of-town victims as Kearria Freed, 20, and Henton Franklin, 22. Both are also from Mobile.
The other victims are Annesia Powell, 19, Devanta Moore, 21, Jacole Young, 22, and Kelli Curry, 21.
Freed, who was shot in the head, is in critical condition along with Moore and Franklin.
Alabama A&M University officials identified Freed, Curry and Powell as students.