A multi-scene shooting in the Sandestin area late Thursday left two people injured, which includes the gunman who was shot and apprehended by deputies, Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson said.
The incident began around 11 p.m. when deputies responding to an unrelated call in the Sandestin resort area heard what they believed were gunshots. The three deputies responded to Heron Walk Drive and Baytowne Avenue East, where they encountered an armed individual.
The suspect opened fire on the deputies, and one returned fire, striking him, the sheriff said. The wounded suspect was taken into custody and transported to Fort Walton-Destin Hospital.
Soon after, authorities began receiving 911 calls about potential gunshot victims in the area. One person was found shot at the Baytowne Wharf and also taken to the Fort Walton-Destin Hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.
- Two vehicles near Baytowne were also struck by gunfire, but those inside were unharmed.
Authorities also discovered a deceased individual in a burning vehicle in the parking lot of Sacred Heart Hospital. Adkinson said it has not been officially determined if that death is connected to the shootings but it is strongly suspected.
The Sheriff praised the “extremely quick, responsive, active action” taken by deputies to engage and stop the shooter before more calls came in, likely preventing further injuries and loss of life.
Adkinson said authorities believe they have identified all involved parties, and there is no further threat to the public. The investigation remains active with more than 30 personnel involved across multiple crime scenes in the Miramar Beach, Sandestin and Baytowne Wharf areas.
Further information will be released as it becomes available, the sheriff said.