A verbal altercation outside an Okaloosa Island nightspot turned violent early this morning when a man pulled out a handgun and fired shots at two people, hitting a female in the leg. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to The Red Rose on Okaloosa Island around 4:40 a.m. A patron said he and a female had walked outside to smoke in the parking lot when they were approached by a black male who appeared to be in his mid-twenties. He says the man began saying vulgar things to the female. The situation escalated. He told OCSO deputies the man then pulled out a handgun and began shooting. The female suffered a non-life-threatening bullet wound to her leg and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. No one else was injured. Investigators were told the shooter fled in a car towards Highway 98. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact the OCSO at 850.651.7400 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850.863.TIPS, emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com, or through the P3 Tips Mobile application.