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Spike of Violence in Panama City Continues with Shooting and Arson

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A shooting this morning in Panama City off Martin Luther King Boulevard was just one of the events leading to the sound of sirens across the city Monday. One woman awoke to a Molotov cocktail right on her front porch.  

"We just heard a big boom," said Cherika Lewis, who walked outside her home early Monday morning and was met with flames. 
"Our front porch, our apartment, everything out there was on fire," said Lewis. 

Shortly before three in the morning someone threw a Molotov cocktail on Lewis' front porch causing extensive damage to her patio.  
"I'm thinking 'Oh my God. why would this happen?'" said Lewis. "What would make somebody be so evil and so dumb to do this?" 

And the violence didn't stop at Lewis' front porch. On Martin Luther King Boulevard Panama City Police responded to reports of gunfire where they found one man dead.  Investigators asked the help of Panama City fire this afternoon to get a view of the crime scene from above.

"Just going over the scene looking for anything that might be pertinent to this case," said Lieutenant Bruce Clayton with Panama City Police. 
Yellow crime scene tape is becoming all too familiar as the shooting is the fourth in the city in under a month.

"We are concerned about any crime within the city especially violent crime," said Clayton. "We are going to take an extra hard look at that, but like I said they aren't related."

For Cherika Lewis the violence hit too close to home. As she among other wonder when the slew of violent crimes will end.

"It's ridiculous, its time for everyone to get themselves together and figure out a better way to live their life instead of trying to destroy other peoples life and their happiness," said Lewis. 

If you have any information on either of these incident you're asked to call Panama City Police Department at 872-3112 or you can remain anonymous by calling CrimeStoppers at 785-TIPS.