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Panama City Police Increase Presence in Cove Neighborhood After Thursday’s Shooting

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Many questions are still unanswered after a shooting in the Cove neighborhood Thursday night that killed one and injured three others. 

It happened on the 100 block of Allen Avenue. Police have yet to name a suspect in the shooting but have arrested a person of interest. Police said that person, 53-year-old Michael Harrison Hunt, was arrested on a warrant for missing his court date for a case involving sexual battery on an underaged girl.
He’s being held without bond at the Bay County jail facing multiple felony charges including human trafficking and sexual battery on a victim under 18 in a different case. 

In the Cove, caution tape is still up and police are watching over the crime scene as neighbors come to terms with the violence.

“This part of the Cove area has been pretty quiet in the time I’ve been here, we don’t have much in the way of crime,” said resident Michael Vineyard.

Hunt called our newsroom on Friday telling us he is innocent in this shooting. Police have yet to release the identities of the victims. The department said Monday they are increasing police presence in the Cove area.  

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank our citizens for their assistance. We also appreciate the understanding of the residents in that area who wish to observe the rights of the victims in this case as they recover from such a tragic event,” said Panama City Police Investigators in a news release Monday.

The three victims in the hospital remain in serious condition as of Monday afternoon. 

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