Bay County investigators have arrested Ruez Hicks Jr.,19, in connection with the double murders of two Northwest Georgia men in Panama City Beach. Reports said that 48-year old Robert Shawn Fowler of Calhoun and 51-year old Robert Keith Gilmore of Lindale were found shot to death at a home on Delmar Drive.
Investigators believe Hicks is a transient from Georgia who’s been in the area for about two months.
Hicks told police that he came across the home, and because no one was home, he decided to burglarize it.
Hicks added that as he was committing the theft, the victims arrived at the home and confronted him. At that point he then admitted to pulling a gun and shooting them in the chest.
Investigators said that Fowler and Gilmore were in town doing work on the home.
Police used a debit card that belonged to one of the victims, in which Hicks later used to track him down.
Hicks is charged with two counts murder, armed burglary and robbery with a firearm.