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

At approximately 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 22-year-old John Lee Johnson of Newport News turned himself in to Williamsburg Police for the shooting incident that occurred outside the Crust restaurant on Aug. 27.

According to a news release from Maj. Greg Riley of the Williamsburg Police Department, Johnson was arrested on warrants obtained Aug. 28. He was 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.

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.

Upon turning himself in Wednesday, Johnson was transported to the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail, where he was held without bond.

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