A Newberry Man Survives Being Shot Twice in the Head
The suspect wanted for shooting a man in Newberry last night is now under arrest.
James Moment was caught at about 5 o'clock today by Alachua County warrant investigators at 6813 SW 4th Place.
The shooting was the result of an an apparent drug deal and it led to the victim being shot twice in the head.
Deputies said around 8 o'clock on Wednesday night, 21 year old William Kyle Carmon, got into an argument with 21 year old James Moment III at the intersection of Northwest 5th Avenue and 253rd Street. Shots were fired into the car and Carmon was hit twice in the face.
Despite being shot in the head, Carmon managed to drive himself to a nearby gas station for help.
Heather Rose was working the night shift when Carmon drove up yelling for help. She quickly called 9-1-1 and started giving Carmon first-aid.
She said, "I called 9-1-1 and I was on the phone with them and I got him to talk to me and tried to get him to calm down and got him to sit down and eventually lay down...and I had my other employee go in and get some paper towels so I could put some pressure on his head."
Deputies arrived nine minutes later, and Carmon was rushed to the hospital by helicopter. Rose said that First Responder training at Sante Fe College helped her stay calm and focused.
Art Forgey of the Alachua Couny Sheriff's Office, said that situations like this are why it's so valuable for members of the community to have the training and knowledge to help right away. He said, "If they can get started on the first steps of first aid, it helps that person to recover quicker."
Lieutenant Steve Maynard said that being involved with criminal activity makes situations like this more likely, but the fact that Carmon survived being shot in the head is incredible.
He said, "Initially, it was believed that his injuries were very critical and life threatening. However, we have now learned that the miraculous has happened and he will actually survive his injuries."
The case isn't closed, but Carmon escaped with his life. Thanks in part to a young woman with a little training and a lot of courage.
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