The investigation continues into three non-fatal shootings in Okaloosa County on Friday and Saturday. There has yet to be an arrest made in any of the cases.
Ian Christiansen, the owner of the Split Oaks Saloon in Crestview, claimed Wednesday the shooting that occurred at his bar early Saturday actually took place outside of the establishment.
“They were in a fight before they ever got to the bar,” Christiansen said. “They never made it into the bar.”
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the shooting in which a 38-year-old man, believed to be a Pensacola area resident, was injured, according to agency spokeswoman Michele Nicholson.
It was one of three non-fatal shootings in Okaloosa County on Friday and Saturday. No arrests have been made.
The body of a homicide victim was discovered Destin the same day. An arrest has been made in that case.
Nicholson said deputies responded about 2:30 a.m. to a call from Split Oaks Saloon about a disturbance, but found that most of what was purported to be a large crowd had scattered.
“They questioned as many (people) as they could,” Nicholson said.
Moments later, the deputies were sent to North Okaloosa Medical Center, where the victim, who is not being identified for fear of retaliation against him, was found with a bullet wound to the leg. He was treated and released.
Christiansen said the story he’s hearing is that the gunshot victim was being attacked by a large group of people and pulled a gun. The man fired one shot into the air and injured himself with another shot, according to Christiansen.
Investigators apparently had not heard that account and could not verify it. Nicholson did say that it is not clear whether the shooting victim was someone’s intended target or was hit by a stray bullet.
Nicholson said call records indicate the Sheriff’s Office has been summoned to the Split Oaks Saloon about 90 times since April 1, 2016.
“The OCSO is very familiar with this business and has responded to numerous calls for service,” she said.
Okaloosa Island resident Keith LaPine saw an incident unfold Saturday morning that would lead to the day’s second shooting.
“I saw a white Cadillac back in and a big guy in black pants and a black long-sleeved shirt get out,” LaPine said.
The man, who went into a nearby apartment, looked agitated, LaPine said.
“I heard something and someone yelling ‘Get out, get out,’ " LaPine recalled. “I heard a pop pop. I thought someone was throwing fire crackers.”
“I didn’t know they were gunshots, but then a few minutes later I saw the guy run back to his car and there was blood on his black clothes,” he said.
The shooting occurred about 7:30 a.m. inside Apartment 6 at the Walton Isle Apartment complex on Bluefish Drive on Okaloosa Island. The injured man LaPine saw was identified as Eddie Moore, 27, of Crestview.
Nicholson said there were “at least” three people in the apartment when Moore entered.
“We have conflicting stories about what happened, but the shooter and person shot do know each other,” she said.
Moore was able to drive himself to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, where he was treated for wounds to the leg and body, the Sheriff's Office said.
In the third non-fatal shooting occurred Friday afternoon when Bluewater Bay resident Jacob Montague was shot in the foot.
He told the Sheriff’s Office he did not know the man who shot him during a home invasion robbery between 2 and 2:30 p.m.
“He says someone knocked on his door and he opened it,” Nicholson said. “A black male with dreads pulled back into a ponytail came in and pointed a gun at him and demanded money.”
Montague told investigators he gave the armed robber cash, but the man shot him in the foot anyway before leaving the house.
Montague was taken to Twin Cities Hospital to be treated.
No suspects have yet been identified in the home invasion robbery, according to Nicholson. She asked that anyone with information contact the OCSO or Crime Stoppers.