Escambia County News

Buzz: Hugh King under investigation for pulling a gun on opponent

April 5, 2012

Hugh King, former Pensacola city councilman and current candidate Escambia County Commission candidate (No Party Affiliation), is under investigation for battery and pulling a gun on Lumon May (Democrat). The incident allegedly happened in Zion Hope Primitive Baptist Church after a Trayvon Martin forum. King approached May in the hall at Zion Hope and hit him twice from behind, according to May.

When May asked King to walk outside to get him away from the children in the hall, King walked with him. In the hall, May said King told him to “Watch for the hand.” When he looked at the man’s hand, King pulled a pistol from his pocket. May walked away and went back into the hall.

After talking with his family, May made the decision to report the incident to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.


I was at Zion Hope that night. Lumon, Jerry McIntosh and I were doing a live remote with Robert Hill from WRNE. I didn’t see Hugh King until after the event was over. I didn’t see the incident, but did see Lumon leave the room with King and return a few minutes later….first Lumon and then King. When I shook King’s hand, he smelled of alcohol. It wasn’t until I was walking out with Lumon that he told me what had happened. The incident visibly upset him.

I have been interviewed by ECSO investigators and agreed to hold off reporting this until their investigation was completed. However, I’m hearing that King is trying to turn this event on Lumon claiming that May has been stalking him and that Lumon was the one who pulled a gun on him.

What King doesn’t know is that Lumon was at another event with Mayor Ashton Hayward before driving directly to Zion Hope. He was in the hall before King arrived. There were six to eight Pensacola Police officers in the hall and in the parking lot. Throughout the event, Lumon was talking to parents and kids from his youth leagues. I watched kids come up and hug him. He carried several back to their mothers. He wasn’t carrying a gun.

Looks like Hugh King is spiraling out of control.

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  • L.Laird April 5, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Unfortenly, old black guard, whom Hugh King is their leader, are plotting to discredit Lumon May because he will NOT be brought off by the (white) GOB’s, whom control the old black guard. Since Mayor Hayward supports Lemon, and the old guard supported Mike Wiggins, their anger has grown to the point; they would rather limited growth and development that Lumon would bring to all of District 3. Lumon is color blind..He knows that district 3 has almost even number of white residents as black residents, and he is and will be able to represent ALL of the citizens of District 3. It is a sad day when a few old members of the black guard, have been able to destroy and or prevent growth and development in the black community for a job or cash…..It was Lumon with Mayor Hayward support to bring down that old school, Blunt??It was Lumon whom is responsible for the new Library to be built at Legion Filed. It is Lumon whom has development one of the largest youth sports program in the State…Why do the old power black guard dislike him??? Maybe they are jealous they do not have the skill or drive to bring about present growth — development…I guess they are jealous and cannot stand the thought that a young progressive person can work for the benefit of the entire community, and not for their own selfish benefit $$$$$…Ask not what you can do for yourself, but ask what you can do for your city….

  • George Hawthorne April 5, 2012 at 1:21 pm


    Lumon called me immediately after the incident took place and said the exact same thing that you reported. This is the sign of a desperate man (King) that is clearly unstable and lacking in judgement which clearly demonstrates he is unfit for public office.

    This is another example of an “old-school” politician that doesn’t know when it is time to turn over the “reigns of leadership” to a younger and more poised young leader.

    Lumon is a leader with a political “vision” for economic development for District 3. Lumon has demonstrated the ability to bring together the white business community with the African-American community, as evidenced by his broad base of support in BOTH communities.

    However, Hugh King has never demonstrated the politcal savy, personal judgement and/or strategic vision that will be needed to provide the leadership necessary to bring real “change” to the economic conditions that affects District 3.

    This type of behavior is detrimental to Escambia/Pensacola’s future growth and cannot be tolerated by an electorate of constituents that are desperately crying out for credible leadership.

    I deeply hope that this incident is not going to overshadow Lumon’s “vision” and “message” of inclusion, economic development and prosperity for District 3.

    Shame on Hugh King for such a “lapse in judgement” that clearly has been a pattern in the last few years.


    Wasn’t Hugh King convicted of possession of illegal substances and doesn’t that disqualify him from owning and possessing a gun?

    Does he posses a concealed weapons permit?

  • Maverick April 5, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    An arrest warrant has been issued.