- Authorities responded Tuesday to reports of an active shooter in Panama City, Florida.
- The shooting suspect, identified as 49-year-old Kevin Robert Holroyd, was found dead in an apartment.
- Holroyd reportedly barricaded himself inside the apartment and appeared to have doused it in gasoline.
- Witnesses told local media outlets they heard between 50 and 100 gunshots.
An active shooter suspect who barricaded himself in an apartment complex in Panama City, Florida, was found dead following a bout of gunfire that left at least one person mildly injured, authorities said Tuesday.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect as 49-year-old Kevin Robert Holroyd, according to WVTM.
They also confirmed that the incident was connected to a suspicious death that occurred earlier Tuesday morning in Walton County. The sheriff’s office identified that victim as 30-year-old Clinton Street. Street was found with multiple gunshot wounds.
Witnesses said they heard between 50 and 100 gunshots, the local NBC affiliate WJHG reported.
At least one person received a minor injury and was taken to a hospital, city spokeswoman Caitlin Lawrence told CNN. A local school district announced that two schools had been placed on lockdown as a safety precaution, adding that “All students are safe.”
The Panama City News Herald reported that authorities zeroed in on Briarwoods Apartments, where they believed Holroyd was hiding.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott tweeted that he’d spoken with the Bay County sheriff and offered any state law-enforcement support necessary.
Local television footage and photos posted to social media showed a massive law-enforcement response to the incident, including dozens of police cruisers and helicopters.
Still more emergency vehicles arriving lights and Sirens blaring and there's now a helicopter overhead. This is a very major incident under way. pic.twitter.com/r1jFCnNERm
— The News Herald (@The_News_Herald) May 22, 2018
Some FWC officers are leaving the scene, some more are arriving pic.twitter.com/bj66e4BYBw
— Eryn Dion (@PCNHErynDion) May 22, 2018
Still a very active situation near 23rd Street and Beck Avenue and Panama City. Witnesses reported 50-100+ shots fired. At least one injury reported. Avoid the area. Tune into NewsChannel 7 for live coverage. We have reporters on scene. pic.twitter.com/V4UrD9N8Cd
— WJHG-TV (@WJHG_TV) May 22, 2018
WJHG added that the shooting took place in the 2300 block of Beck Avenue:
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