NEWS RELEASE                                             

For Immediate Release
February 17, 2009
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
  (850) 651-7420


The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting outside Consul Apartments at 120 NE Monahan Drive.

      The victim, 41-year old Michael Lanier, says he had walked from his apartment to his truck around 5:45 a.m. Tuesday morning when a man approached him and then shot multiple times.

      Lanier was taken by medical helicopter to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.

      No other details are being released at this time.

      Investigators ask that anyone with information on the shooting contact the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office at 850-651-7400 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863-TIPS.