Attempted Break-in by Masked Males and Gunfire Reported in Residential Area

Posted on September 7, 2022 by Romi White

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office around 10:42 p.m., Sunday, September 4 responded to the 2700 block of Bay Club Drive in response to a report of a group which grabbed the front door handle of a residence prior to multiple reports of gunfire in the area.

The first of two SRSO police reports indicates a Dodge Charger with possibly 4-6 people, including two white males and one black male, were involved. The males were reportedly using t-shirts folded over their face as masks. The complainant stated the group grabbed the front door handle to a residence in Villa Danielle. Witnesses say the homeowner was home at the time and chased them toward East Bay Boulevard.

The second SRSO incident report, which was from a separate Villa Danielle residence close to East Bay Boulevard, reported hearing two gunshots around 10:42 p.m. before a vehicle “filled with kids” sped off.

Additionally, a second set of two gunshots was heard around 10:57 p.m. Witnesses to the second set of gunshots say two males were running behind a Nissan or Toyota 4-door SUV in the vicinity of Braswell Street and/or Blackjack Circle.

SRSO reported the suspects “could not be located” and departed the scene shortly after 11 p.m.

Anyone with information about the attempted break in or firearm discharges in the residential area  should call Crime Stoppers at 850-437-7867. Tips can be made anonymously.