A 24-year-old Apalachicola man surrendered to law enforcement Saturday morning after being sought on two counts of attempted murder following a Friday afternoon fight that sent three men to the hospital with gunshot wounds.
Sheriff A.J. Smith said Austin Phillip O’Neal, who fled the scene following the early afternoon shooting at 139 Martin Luther King Boulevard, turned himself in Saturday morning.
After receiving a call reporting gunshots a little after 1 p.m. Friday, deputies from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and Apalachicola Police Department arrived to find Phillip Barry O’Neal, 47, father of Austin O’Neal, on the floor of the home with gunshot wounds to the hip, Smith said. He was transported to Weems Memorial Hospital and then to Bay Medical in Panama City.
Merchant Everitt Bunyon, 41, who had a gunshot wound to the back, had fled the home and broke into a neighboring house which was unoccupied, Smith said. Officers found Bunyon lying on the floor and he was transported by ambulance to Bay Medical.
Dolores Robinson, who takes care of the house for her sister, said Bunyon, her nephew, told her that he had been shot by O’Neal.
Smith said it is too soon to know how many gunshots were fired, and by whom. Police believe Austin O’Neal may have been involved in a gunfight with a second shooter, Lataska “Bo” Harris, 35, who also fled the home.
Smith said Harris was able to hitch a ride to Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf in Port St. Joe. He suffered a gunshot wound to the hip and is being transported from Sacred Heart to Bay Medical.
Capt. Cliff Carroll said all three hospitalized men are in stable condition.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement sent forensics experts to examine the house. Simth said no weapon had been recovered at the scene.