A spring break party in Florida turned violent early Saturday after seven people, including students, were shot at a Panama City Beach home, officials said. One of the victims was shot in the head and others were hit multiple times, and were fighting for their lives at local hospitals.
A suspect was arrested after the shooting — identified as David Jamichael Daniels, 22, of Mobile, Alabama — and was being held in Bay County jail on seven counts of attempted murder, according to the Bay County Sheriff's Office.
A .40-caliber handgun was recovered in the backyard of the residence, Bay County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Ruth Curley told NBC News.
Sheriff's deputies responded to multiple reports of a shooting at the home at 12:55 a.m. local time (11:55 p.m. ET). The deputies found a "chaotic scene" with seven people — all in their early 20s — suffering from gunshot wounds, Bay County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Ruth Curley told NBC News. Curley said one victim was found outside the house, three in the street and the remaining three in the home.
Some of the victims are students at Alabama A&M University visiting Panama City Beach for spring break, Curley said in a statement.
The out-of-town victims were identified as Kearria Freed, 20; Tykeria Ethridge, 22; and Henton Franklin, 22, from Mobile, Alabama. Freed was shot in the head and remains in critical condition, while Ethridge was shot in the neck and shoulder and Franklin was shot in the side, Curley said.
The remaining victims were identified as Anesia Powell, 20, who was shot in the left arm, chest, and knee; Devanta Moore, 21, who was shot in the chest; Jacole Young, 22, who was shot in the back three times and Kelli Curry, 21, who was shot in the leg.
All of the victims were taken to local hospitals, where Freed, Moore and Franklin remain in critical condition, Curley said.