Police ID suspect in Crust shooting

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John Lee Johnson (Courtesy Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)
John Lee Johnson (Courtesy Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

On Sunday evening, the Williamsburg Police Department obtained warrants for 22-year-old John Lee Johnson of Newport News for Saturday morning’s shooting incident that occurred outside the Crust restaurant.

According to a WPD news release, Johnson has been charged with one count of Maiming, two counts of Reckless Discharge of a Firearm, two counts of Shooting into an Occupied Dwelling, and one count of Brandishing.

Police are seeking information regarding Johnson’s whereabouts. Several attempts were made to locate Johnson after the warrants were obtained but he has not been located at this time.

In 2014, Johnson, then 20 years old and homeless, was accused of shooting a man in the torso with a 9mm handgun, which he discarded before fleeing the scene, according to court documents. Police found Johnson near the scene of the incident, on the 100 block of Merrimac Trail, and recovered the gun.

Court documents show Johnson admitted to police he shot the Merrimac Trail victim, who was transported to the hospital to be treated for a wound to the abdomen. But both a felony malicious wounding charge and a felony use of a firearm in the commission of a felony charge were dropped because the victim was uncooperative in the prosecution of Johnson.

If the public has any information on Johnson’s location and the Crust shooting incident, the Williamsburg Police Department is encouraging the public to call 757-220-2331 or contact the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.