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Blountstown man shot in front of Yates Street home

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor

The Blountstown Police Department (BPD)  is investigating a Sunday night shooting that left one man hospitalized and another behind bars in Bay County on unrelated charges.  Two to three other men believed to have been at the scene have yet to be identified.

Rufus Cargile, 31, was taken by private vehicle to Calhoun Liberty Hospital with a leg wound and the suspects fled after a shooting in the front yard of a Yates Street home. The victim was later transferred to an area hospital by emergency helicopter.

Cargile was outside the residence when a car, described as a white Mitsubishi,  pulled up around 8 p.m., according to Blountstown Police Chief Mark Mallory.

Mallory said one man got out of the vehicle and spoke with Cargile.  Then, according to the victim, “Another guy came from around behind the house and shot him,” the chief said.  The alleged shooter then got in the car and left.  “It almost looks like a robbery,” Mallory said, but he pointed out that a large amount of cash in the victim’s pocket was not taken.

The victim was shot in the upper thigh at close range with a shotgun using birdshot, according to Mallory.  Cargile did not identify the shooter and said the assailant’s face was covered with a bandana.

Investigators have received conflicting accounts of what happened that night and it is unclear whether there were three or four black males at the scene with the victim.

One of men, identified as Derrick Devon Lane, Jr., 24, of Panama City, was arrested after a high-speed chase through Bay County later Sunday night.  Deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle after receiving an alert from BPD that the vehicle fled the scene of a shooting a short time earlier.

Mallory expects DNA will tell the story.  “We’re anticipating charges on at least two people,” he said but pointed out that it may take a while for DNA evidence taken from the Mitsubishi to be processed.

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