Drive-by shooting near Fort Walton Beach leads to arrest of two drug dealers

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FORT WALTON BEACH, FL – Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two men suspected in a drive-by shooting near Fort Walton Beach Friday, who then tried to make a getaway before ditching the car and taking off on foot.

One of the men had been seen pointing a firearm towards a house on Lowrey Drive, and then a gunshot was heard. No one was injured.

The suspect vehicle, driven by 30-year old Nija Gamble of Florosa, fled from deputies in reverse down Elaine Avenue around one in the afternoon, hitting a car and then continuing to flee at high speeds onto Oak Street. While the car was in motion, the passenger, later identified as 31-year old Lekendrick Ingram of Fort Walton Beach, got out and took a tumble. Gamble then jumped out, leaving the car in drive. While they ran, the car continued to the end of Oak Street and struck a tree.

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Both fled east through yards while OCSO deputies, with the assistance of the Fort Walton Beach Police Department, set up a perimeter. Ingram was found on Hickory Street and taken into custody. Gamble was spotted entering a home on Earl Street. All the occupants there came out, except Gamble. With the help of an OCSO K9, he was located hiding inside.


A black bag found nearby that Gamble had been seen grabbing from the car contained cash and narcotics. Gamble is charged with resisting an officer, driving with a suspended license, possession of a controlled substance, trafficking in hydrocodone, trafficking in methamphetamines’, trafficking in heroin, and more. Ingram is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and resisting an officer.

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