PENSACOLA, Fla. (WALA) - The Escambia County Sheriff's Office is investigating a deadly shooting. Investigators say 34-year-old Michael Leslie Harris of Milton was shot and killed on Pensacola Beach early Tuesday.
The emergency call was reported at 3:45 a.m
Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said investigators believe the murder started as a confrontation between Harris, a woman and a group of friends at a birthday party.
"We had one couple walking down the beach. An argument ensued between the man and the woman. The other group on the casino beach side near the pavilion saw what was going on and intervened what could have been a potential domestic violence situation. Unfortunately, a gun was pulled and someone lost their life" said Sheriff David Morgan.
Authorities said Harris was shot in his upper torso and died at the scene. Investigators began combing through the area for any evidence.
Deputies said Antonio Demarcus Morrell, 20, and Demarcus Rayon Jenkins, 20, as well as Demontae Thurman, 19, and a 17 year old juvenile are now wanted for questioning.
Authorities said they believe Harris was not armed and that alcohol was involved in the crime.
"We have some witnesses that were in the area at that time of the morning. We've secured witness testimonies and of course you want to corroborate those testimonies," Morgan said.
Officials say the scene of the crime happened in the sand only a couple feet from the concrete walkway and only a couple dozen yards from the pavilion.
Beachgoer Evelina Cook said she was shocked by the news.
"It's so shocking because it's such a beautiful area. You wouldn't think it would happen around here at all," said Cook.
If you have any information on the crime, contact the Escambia County Sheriff's Office at 850-436-9630 or Gulf Coast Crimestoppers at 850-433-7867.
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