PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — Investigators with the Panama City Police Department charged a 14-year-old boy with attempted murder following a shooting near Oakland Terrace Park Thursday.
Investigators said the boy, Elijia Zimmerman, was involved in a drug deal involving marijuana gone bad.
Zimmerman and another party agreed to meet at the park regarding a cell phone. Investigators said when the other party arrived at the park, Zimmerman fired several rounds in a car holding multiple people and snatched the cell phone from another person at the deal.
“After the shots were fired, the vehicle fled, they were located a short distance away,” explained Sgt. Gretchen Mayhew with PCPD’s Criminal Investigations Unit. “There were no injuries, and then we continued on with our investigation and interviews to find out what happened at the park.”
Zimmerman was arrested in his home and charged with robbery by sudden snatching, shooting into an occupied vehicle and attempted murder with a firearm.
At the park, children were at softball practice when the incident occurred. A City of Panama City Parks and Recreation worker says he’s disappointed in what happened, and hopes it never happens again.
“I’m glad to see that no one was hurt,” said the worker. “I came back to check on every parent that was over here at the softball fields to make sure they were okay, that they were unharmed. It’s sad to see that they can’t come out here to enjoy themselves out here.”
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be filed. Anyone with any information about the incident is urged to call PCPD at 850-872-3100 or report anonymously via the “Panama City PD” TIP411 app.