PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - The Georgia man accused of shooting three people in Panama City Beach Sunday reportedly "threw up blood gang signs" in the moments before the shooting.
The alleged gunman is one of nine people facing charges in connection to the incident in the parking lot between Burger King and Ocean Towers off of Front Beach Road.
Police charged Damarcus Ingram, 20, with three counts of attempted murder and Tarik Lewis, 20, with accessory after the fact to attempted murder. Investigators said Ingram fired the shots at the three victims while Lewis was driving the vehicle from which Ingram fired the shots from.
Also in custody are seven other people, all arrested on various counts including resisting without violence and possession of drugs.
"All from the Atlanta area, driving distance, where they can drive back home that same day, and they just come down to follow the party," Police Chief Drew Whitman said.
Witnesses said Ingram, Lewis and two other men got into a fight with at least three people in the parking lot. Ingram reportedly "threw up blood gang signs" then shot the three victims, according to investigators.
"We don't know what the motive is. At first we thought they knew each other from the Atlanta metro area, but we don't believe that's the case. We believe they stumbled across each other, got into an argument in the parking lot and started shooting," Whitman said.
Police said after firing shots, the suspects headed eastbound on Front Beach Road before crashing into a pole outside of the Coyote Ugly Saloon.
Authorities said the three victims sustained non life-threatening injuries and were rushed to a local hospital.
Panama City Beach Police along with deputies with the Bay County Sheriff's Office were able to arrest the suspects half a mile from the scene.
All nine people were booked into the Bay County Jail and are expected to make first appearance before a judge Tuesday.
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