A parking lot shooting in the middle of Panama City yesterday continues to dominate the news and conversation...from fear that it happened in broad daylight...to sadness that a beautiful young woman may lose her life.
According to Police, Megan Pettis, 24, remains in critical condition with life threatening injuries Wednesday night.
Moody, who admitted his guilt, remains behinds bars. His bond set for more than one million dollars.
According to the arrest affidavit, Moody fired nine rounds at Pettis. He used a .45 caliber, semi-automatic firearm.
Two of those gunshots struck Pettis' head and leg.
The affidavit claims this was an act of domestic violence and states Moody and Pettis resided as family until about four months ago.
Panama City Police say both recently ended a relationship together.
Meanwhile, the City of Panama City has suspended Moody who has worked as a firefighter for the past 8 years.
"He has the ability over this time, he can use his vacation time he has accrued to cover any salary," said Assistant City Manager Jeffrey Brown. "After this time, he goes on to leave without pay status."
Brown calls him a no problem employee.
"The only things located in his personnel file are minor infractions dealing with tardiness and minor minor infractions," said Brown.
Brown also says Moody's actions are not a reflection of the city or the department.
"Government employees are asked, are held to a higher standard and we all realize that coming into this profession," said Brown. "The actions of one person in their private time should not reflect poorly on the rest of the employees."
More details have been released in the shooting in a busy Panama City shopping center parking lot on Tuesday.
According to an arrest affidavit from the Panama City Police Department and the Bay County Jail, Joseph Moody, 41, admitted in a sworn statement that he shot Megan Pettis, 24, in the parking lot of Publix Shopping Center on 23rd Street. The affidavit says that Moody and Pettis had lived together until approximately four months ago.
It further states that after being approached by Moody, Pettis began to drive away before Moody pulled a 45-caliber semi-automatic firearm and fired at Pettis. Moody was seen chasing Pettis' vehicle through the parking lot as he continued to shoot at her.
A total of nine rounds were fired at Pettis, two striking her, one in the head and one in the leg. When his magazine was empty, Moody went back to his vehicle to leave the scene before being stopped by onlookers as he attempted to get back in his truck. During a post Miranda sworn statement, Moody stated that he had shot the victim.
Pettis remains in Bay Medical Sacred Heart Hospital in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.
Moody, a Panama City firefighter, will have his first appearance in a Bay County court today at 2 p.m. with Judge Shane Vann. He is charged with first-degree attempted murder (domestic) and discharging a firearm in public.
A young woman is being hospitalized for what's been called life-threatening injuries after a shooting early this afternoon in Panama City. Police say she received multiple gunshot wounds.
"I heard a gun shot, so I stepped outside on the sidewalk," said Todd Kessler, owner of Cartridge World in the 23rd Street Station shopping plaza. "Then I heard five additional shots, and then I heard a crash."
Witnesses help paint a picture of what happened Tuesday afternoon in the 23rd Street Station shopping plaza off 23rd Street in Panama City.
"I thought it was a car back firing, then just rapid rapid firing," said Janell Parnell, who had just parked her car and about to go get her nails done. "And I looked and I saw a man, young looking, running beside a car, shooting into the car," said Parnell.
Evidence of gunshots can be seen on the side of the red sedan, which the victim, Megan Pettis, 24, was driving before crashing it into another vehicle in the Wendy's parking lot.
Pettis was taken to the nearest trauma center with life-threatening injuries for gunshot wounds.
"I heard the crash, saw the crash, and he turned around and held the gun up and walked away," said Barnell.
Panama City Police tried to quickly control the scene, asking all witnesses to come forward, some of which proved to be especially helpful.
"Citizens who happened to witness the event actually happened to chase down the male portion of that altercation, were able to subdue him," said Chief Scott Ervin.
The alleged shooter, Joseph Moody, 41, was taken into custody. His handgun and flipflops left on the pavement along with a feeling of unease among those who were there to see the events unfold Tuesday afternoon.
"The adrenaline is still pumping," said Janice Johnson, who was in the shopping plaza when this happened. "It just makes me nervous, to know that in broad daylight, here in Panama City that someone would just take out a gun and randomly shoot."
Moody has been charged with Attempted Felony Murder (Domestic) and Discharging a Firearm in Public. Both Pettis and Moody are local residents who have recently ended a relationship together.
Panama City City Manager Ken Hammons confirms that the suspect, Joseph Moody, 41, is a firefighter for the City of Panama City.
We have no word yet on what action the city may taken in light of the charges.
The Panama City Police Department continues to investigate a shooting incident that occurred in the parking lot of the 23rd Street Station shopping center located at 650 W. 23rd Street, Panama City, Florida.
On March 19, 2013, at approximately 1:00 pm, officers responded to the scene of shots being fired and a female victim who was shot having crashed her car into parked vehicles. The victim is identified as Megan N. Pettis, 24 years of age. The shooter is identified as Joseph G. Moody, 41 years of age. The victim is still receiving treatment for multiple gunshot wounds that are life threatening. Moody has been charged with Attempted Felony Murder (Domestic) and Discharging a Firearm in Public. Moody is being transported to the Bay County Jail at the time of this release. Both Pettis and Moody are local residents who have recently ended a relationship together.
This case is still under investigation and more details will be released, as they are made available. If you have any information in reference to this incident, please contact Detective Lanier at the Panama City Police Department, 850-872-3112, or you can report your tips anonymously to CrimeStoppers at 850-785-TIPS.
The Panama City Police Department has released the names of the people involved in an afternoon shooting on 23rd Street.
The PCPD says that the victim is 24-year-old Megan Pettis. The last information from police regarding her condition is that she was in surgery at Bay Medical Center Sacred Heart.
PCPD has identified the shooter as 41-year-old Joseph Moody.
No other information is available at this time
The Panama City Police Department is investigating a shooting incident that occurred in the parking lot of the 23rd Street Station shopping center located at 650 W. 23rd Street, Panama City, Florida.
On March 19, 2013, at approximately 1:00 pm, officers responded to the scene of shots being fired and a female victim who was shot and crashed her car into parked vehicles. Witnesses to the shooting stopped the male shooter from fleeing the parking lot, held him down and disarmed the male of the handgun. Bay County Sheriff's Deputies who were in the area took over for the witnesses until Panama City officers arrived within minutes of the shooting.
The female victim was transported to a local hospital for gunshot wounds by ambulance with life threatening injuries. The male is in police custody at this time and based on the investigation there are no other shooters involved in this incident. Detectives are determining relationship between the male and female and confirming their identity at this time.
This case is still in the early stages of the investigation and more details will be released, as they are made available. If you have any information in reference to this incident, please contact Detective Lanier at the Panama City Police Department, 850-872-3112, or you can report your tips anonymously to CrimeStoppers at 850-785-TIPS.
The Panama City Police Department is investigating a shooting that happened in the parking lot of Publix on 23rd Street just before 1:00 p.m. Tuesday.
Police say a male and female got into an altercation and the male shot the female several times. She was driving a car and crashed into a parked car in the Wendy's parking lot.
The suspect is in custody and the victim is being treated at a hospital. Her condition is unknown at this time but she is suffering from multiple gun shot wounds. The names are not being released at this time.
News 13 has a reporter on scene and we will bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.