Hurricane Michael relief worker charged with murder, attempted murder


OKALOOSA ISLAND, Fla. (WKRG) – Fort Walton Beach Police say a man from Texas, in town to help with Hurricane Michael relief, is now charged with murder and attempted murder. According to investigators, Ledesman Vonzell Wooden shot two co-workers after an argument on Halloween night.

Investigators say Wooden was with Phillip Earl Lydia, Aija Rai Hunter and Theodies Shepherd were in a company van at the Greyhound Bus Station on Perry Avenue. The group works for a company sent to Florida to help with Hurricane Michael relief in Panama City. 

Police say after the argument, Wooden pulled out a gun and started shooting. Lydia was hit in his leg and Hunter was shot in her abdomen. 

After the shooting, investigators say Wooden ran away. Police tracked him down a few blocks away on Elm Avenue. The two victims were rushed to the hospital. Hunter died from her injuries. Lydia was released from the hospital. 

Wooden has been charged with homicide, attempted murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Investigators say Wooden faces additional charges. 

If you have any information that could help with the investigation, call the Fort Walton Beach Police Department at 850-833-9546 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863-TIPS, or by using the P3 Tips Mobile application.

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