Former employee held for shooting restaurant owner

The Chipley Police Department received a call of shots fired in the area of the Colonial Restaurant on July 10 at approximately 4 p.m.

Officers discovered the owner of the restaurant, Jody Rhoda, lying on the ground behind the restaurant. Rhoda had suffered several gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a Panama City hospital where she underwent several hours of surgery. The victim is expected to make a full recovery.

Emmanuel LockhartThe alleged shooter was taken into custody a short time later.

Investigators with the Chipley Police Department have charged Emmanuel Lockhart, 20 years of age, of Cottondale, with attempted murder, robbery with a firearm, and burglary.

“We believe the owner of the restaurant was the only one left in the business as she was closing for the day following Sunday lunch,” said Lt. Scott Thompson. “The suspect went inside the restaurant and hid until the victim exited the rear door where he followed her out of the door and surprised the victim outside and immediately started shooting the victim.”

According to the suspect’s statement, his motive was to rob the business owner.¬†Lockhart was a former employee of the Colonial Restaurant.

Lockhart is being held on a $450,000 bond.

15 thoughts on “Former employee held for shooting restaurant owner

    1. Did bush address every bad thing that happened in America during his term? I think not it is tragic what happened to this lady but let’s not blame our President for everything.

  1. Great & fast work by the Chipley Police- Another deeply disturbed and dangerous person off our streets. May God Bless all of you and keep you SAFE!

    1. Are you serious? You won’t hear from PRESIDENT Obama on this because you live in Chipley and it won’t be brought to his attention. He is fully aware of the crime element in this country that are committed by people of ALL races and is trying to keep mentally ill people and people with criminal records from being able to get access to that gun in the first place. However, (some) Americans are ignorant to what exactly he’s trying to do and argue against it and the NRA just cares about gun sales and not about who’s buying them. He has not taken sides. He is being a fair American. That is his job. This man is getting what he deserved for the crime. Our president didn’t rob that restaurant or shoot anyone. A criminal did. Take the time to read and understand once in while and stop listening to Donald Trump. He is a candidate for the presidency and as we have learned throughout history, they will say anything to get you’re vote. I mean no disrespect to you but put the blame where it goes here. It goes on that man that held that gun and shot that innocent woman and no one else.

      1. The NRA does not not sale gun you want hear form Obama because the shooter was black and the victim was white. I think you knew that. People like Obama is destroying this nation and divided it . Most of the white people are not racists like you and most blacks. Like the Clintons will say and do anything to get your vote

    2. My prayers go out to Jodi and her family. Please keep our nation in your prayers. Jack Hutchins maybe you and Kenny Foy you should pray and stop making remarks concerning what Obama will and won’t do.

  2. What is wrong with al the Obama racism I mean seriously one black man screws up an of course white ppl Luke Yall are the ones to comment. If heard of a white person doing much worse. So shut the he’ll up with the racism. Manny was a good kid I went to school with him. An I pray his momma is ok. As for y’all just stop with the Obama situation.

  3. Our thoughts should be with this family, not on what the president will or won’t do, or who stands for what. The guy shot her 7 times! In any town, under any circumstances, black or white, this is a horrible crime. Let’s focus here people.

  4. Our family would like to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts to the three individuals that stopped to rescue and assist my mother, Jody Rhoda, after being shot multiple times. We truely believe that without their help, she would not be here to today. Thank you George, Tara, and Ashley. We are blessed to have you in our lives.

    1. This is Robert, I’m soo sad too hear what happened too your mom and Family….If their is any thing I could do for you and your family I’m here, and if you need help at the restaurant I’m here for you…I’m so sad

  5. So sad and tragic. His family received help and guidance and yet he he chose to follow a life of sin and crime. And hurt an innocent woman. Prayers for the families.

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