Hurricane Michael relief worker fatally shoots co-worker, police say

Credit: Okaloosa County Jail

Credit: Okaloosa County Jail

A Texas woman helping with recovery efforts in the Florida Panhandle in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael was shot and killed Wednesday night by a co-worker after an argument, police said.

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Aija Rae Hunter, 24, of Houston, died after she was shot in the abdomen at a Greyhound bus station in Fort Walton Beach, the Panama City News Herald reported. Another co-worker, Phillip Earl Lydia, 49, was shot in the leg, WALA reported.
Police in Fort Walton Beach said Ledesman Vonzell Wooden, 24, who was part of the group from the Houston area providing hurricane relief, got into an argument with Hunter, Lydia and Theodies Shepherd in a company van at the bus station, WKRG reported.

After the argument, Wooden, who was standing outside the van, opened fire on his co-workers, who were sitting inside the vehicle, Fort Walton Beach police Maj. Tony Hart told WEAR.

Hart said the group was in the area working for a company that was providing hurricane relief in Panama City, the News Herald reported.

Wooden has been charged with homicide, attempted murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, the Houston Chronicle reported.

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