Drinking Game in Reidsville Drive Garage Leads to a Man Shot in the Stomach
FlaglerLive | September 12, 2013
Word at first was that Jamie Goodell had shot himself. That he was cleaning his gun in his home at 62 Reidsville Drive in Palm Coast (in the R Section’s southwest corner, a stone’s throw from U.S. 1 and Royal Palms Parkway), the gun went off, and the bullet wounded Goodell in the stomach.
That, as it turned out, was not the case. Goodell, 44, was shot. Edward Neveony Towers, 57, a resident of 1B Regis Lane, was arrested in connection with the shooting and charged with culpable negligence and discharging a firearm in public.
Goodell was hanging out with Towers and Luke Skeans, 39, of 54 Reidsville, according to a police report. The three had been at the 62 Reidsville home together, drinking, according to Skeans. At some point the three started one of those drinking games what begin with a what-would-you-do scenario. In this particular case, it was about what each would do if her were being attacked, according to a sheriff’s office release. Soon, according to his arrest report, Towers took out a gun from his waistline–a 9mm Diamondback Arms.
He aimed it at Goodell. Placed the muzzle against his stomach. The gun went off.
Skeans began administering first aid, and before long another shot rang out. It was Towers, firing into the ground. It’s not clear whether Towers fired to check whether there were still any bullets in the gun–the arrest report suggests he and Skeans talked about whether the guh was empty or not right after the first shot–or whether the gun went off again accidentally. One shell casing was found in the garage, The other was found in the driveway.
When Flagler County Sheriff’s units arrived at the scene, it took several minutes to secure it so Flagler County Fire Rescue units (two of which had been summoned) could come in to administer aid. When they did, they immediately requested a helicopter. But Fire Flight, Flagler County’s emergency helicopter, was not available: it was grounded for maintenance. Volusia County’s emergency helicopter was not available, either. Goodell ended up being transported in a trauma alert by ground to Halifax hospital in Daytona Beach.
When cops walked into the house, at 6:04 p.m., the black handgun was on a stool to the left of the garage entrance. When a cop entered the kitchen through the garage, he saw Goodell lying on his back on the floor, with a wound in his lower right abdomen.
Towers had a concealed weapon permit. Towers was released on $1,500 bond.
Skeans on Thursday evening disputed, in an email, some of the cops’ version of events. The arrest report has started by mis-identifying his first name and getting his age wrong by two years.
“I was not hanging out with Mr. Goodell and Mr. Towers playing some sort of drinking games,” Skeans wrote. “I am merely a neighbor and acquaintance of Mr. Goodell, and had only stopped by with a mutual acquaintance for a short time, to share in a social drink. Also, I did not at any time administer first aid to Mr. Goodell, within seconds of realizing that Mr. Goodell had been shot, I handed him the closest thing I could find, a towel, to use to apply pressure to his wound while Mr.Towers or myself called 911. In addition, the only conversation Mr. Towers and myself engaged in after Mr.Goodell had been shot was me telling him to put down his gun and insisting one of us call 911 immediately.”
“I have many social and business contacts in Flagler County that are successful, upstanding citizens, myself included, and one may view me quite differently by reading the article that was posted this morning,” he added, stressing that the story of the incident should be told correctly. “Engaging in situations involving heavy drinking, drinking games, and irresponsible and/or ignorant individuals possessing fire arms is not what I do, and one may be inclined to think that I would by reading your article and seeing how the situation and how I was involved was represented.”
Skeans concluded: “What happened yesterday evening was tragic, but an accident, an avoidable one. I was a witness, unfortunately, and nothing more.”