22-Year-Old Man Murdered in Panacea

By: Ilyssa Trussel Email
By: Ilyssa Trussel Email

Detectives are trying to figure out who shot and killed a Panacea man at his own home early Tuesday.

Family and friends are shocked to learn 22-year-old Zeck Gossett was murdered at his own Panacea home.

"This has been a very quiet neighborhood," said Thomas Clark who lives around the corner. “I grew up here and we've had our problems but nothing like this."

Detectives say it all began with an altercation in the victim's yard. They say the suspect pulled out a gun and shot the victim several times. The victim tried to get into the house but collapsed and died in the doorway.

"He had left the residence early Monday and returned this morning around 2 AM when he actually collapsed and died here," said Wakulla County Sheriff David Harvey.

Moment’s before, Gossett's mother, who was asleep inside the trailer, heard screaming.

By the time she got to him at the doorway he had already died.

As investigators search for clues, neighbors look on wondering why something like this would happen.

"Just yesterday he was at the IGA and I was in line right behind him and he was just joking around and playing, not with me, he was with other people. I was just laughing and to wake up this morning and know he's gone. It's kinda’ shocking," said Alicia Ordonia, who lives down the street.

Detectives have no suspects at this time and no motive.

They are offering a $2500 reward for information leading to an arrest. Call 850-926-0800.


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