Holmes County Shooting, Robbery Update

By: Mike Gurspan Email
By: Mike Gurspan Email

Northwest Florida and Southeast Alabama authorities continue to track down leads in a weekend home-invasion robbery near the Stateline. It resulted in one person being shot in the leg, but police say there is more to this case.

Following the shooting Saturday night, the Holmes County Sheriff's Department raided the Boardwalk Arcade. It’s located along Highway 2 near the Jackson Holmes County Line.

Hours after the unnamed shooting victim was transported to a Dothan area hospital, Holmes County Sheriff's deputies raided the business, which contained video gaming machines. That’s not illegal in Florida, but reportedly, winners were able to exchange prizes for cash, which is illegal.

Holmes County Sheriff's Department Investigator Chris Wells said, "Video gaming is not illegal, but turning in prizes for cash is illegal in the state of Florida."

Several neighbors say they heard gunfire late Saturday afternoon

Wanda Carnley had a cookout in her yard, where children were playing not far from the scene. "Children were playing in the yard,” she said. “It was lucky that nobody was hit."

Another resident in the area, Jamie Skinner said, "You always would think of something like this happening somewhere else, but not here."

The sheriff's department is working with the state attorney's office before filing arrest warrants.

Authorities tell us that there may be as many as four arrests made; those involved are reportedly from Houston County.

Authorities need your help in finding the suspect who left the scene after the shooting.

If you have information, you can call Holmes County Crime Stoppers at 1-866-689-8477 or contact your local law enforcement agency.

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