Update: Work disagreement led to fatal shooting

Panama City

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — A fight between workers in the back alley of the Panama City Square Shopping Plaza left one man dead and another in handcuffs.

Wednesday the suspected shooter, David Donaldson, had his first appearance and his arraignment was set for December 7.

Donaldson is charged with second degree murder with a firearm and aggravated assault.

He is being held without bond.


Panama City Police said a fight between two construction workers led to a fatal shooting Tuesday.

David Donaldson

Investigators wrote that David Donaldson, 40, of Havana, Fla., got into an argument with 55-year-old Gordon McKinney, of Taylorsville, Il. McKinney, a construction superintendent and Donaldson, who worked for a subcontractor on the same job, were arguing about “work product,” around 9 a.m. at the Panama City Square on W. 23rd Street, investigators wrote in a news release.

During the argument Donaldson pulled out a gun and shot McKinney. He later died from his injuries. Donaldson was arrested on scene.

He is charged with second-degree murder and aggravated assault with a firearm.

According to an arrest affidavit Donaldson confessed to shooting McKinney during a physical fight. Witnessed told investigators the two men were fighting each other in an alley when Donaldson pulled a gun from his pants and shot McKinney twice.

When a co-worker tried to rush to help McKinney, Donaldson pointed the gun at him and said, “Do you want some too,” the affidavit states.

Witnesses told investigators that Donaldson was never in danger. Investigators added that evidence on scene also shows that Donaldson’s life was not in danger when he shot McKinney.


PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) – There is a heavy law enforcement presence at Panama City Square on 23rd Street after Panama City Police officials said one person was shot.

This plaza is home to Walmart and Big Lots among other popular stores and shops.

The crime scene appears in an alley way behind certain businesses in that plaza. Part of the parking lot near Taco Casa and Gyro Cafe is blocked off right now for first responders.

Panama City Police Chief Scott Ervin says the shooting suspect is in custody. He said the victim has multiple life threatening injuries.

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