Reward offered for suspect in Elk’s Lodge shooting

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Johnnie Mathew Chapman (Courtesy JCCPD)
Johnnie Mathew Chapman (Courtesy JCCPD)

Update: Tuesday, 11:45 a.m. 

An additional $1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of Johnnie Mathew Chapman, the James City man accused of shooting and injuring two men Sunday morning at the Elk’s Lodge, James City County Police Department spokeswoman Stephanie Williams wrote in an email.

The reward is being offered by a family member of one of the victims, Williams wrote.

Anyone with information on Chapman’s whereabouts should call the James City Police Department at 757-566-0112, or the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. Crime Line callers could be eligible to an extra award of up to $2,000 for information that leads to an arrest

Monday update:

James City County police have identified a suspect in shooting that occurred at Elk’s Lodge early Sunday morning that sent two men to the hospital. 

According to a news release from JCCPD, authorities have obtained warrants for 34-year-old Johnnie Mathew Chapman of James City County for two counts of aggravated malicious wounding, one count of malicious wounding, three counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

On Sunday at approximately 12:29 a.m., officers responded to the Elks Lodge at 105 Howard Drive for a disturbance and reports of shots fired. Two adult male victims were struck by gunfire and were transported by medics to Riverside Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The suspect fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival, the release stated.

According to the release, the last known address for Chapman is Stratford Road in James City County. He was last seen in a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe with Virginia plate XHK7725.

Police are asking those who may know the whereabouts of Chapman to contact police at 757-566-0112 or contact the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

According to the release, callers to the Crime Line may remain anonymous, do not have to testify in court and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 if the information leads to an arrest.