by Steven Hale
Awful news of a 17-year-old Pearl-Cohn High School student who was shot and killed early this morning while on his way to catch the bus.
From The City Paper:
Johnathan Johnson, 17, was shot around 6:40 a.m. by a gunman who was apparently waiting for Johnson in a vacant lot, according to Metro police.
When Johnson left his home, the shooter walked up to him and shot him more than once, police said. Neighbors have been cooperating with the investigation.
Pearl-Cohn principal Sonia Stewart said of the shooting, “Today the Pearl-Cohn family lost one of our own. We had a student who was fatally shot in the community this morning. The student was a young man who was friendly, kind and had a bright future.
“Our school community is responding to the needs of our students with grief counseling and additional support. The family of the victim has asked that their privacy be respected. I would like to thank Metro School Security, support staff, and local law enforcement for the quick response and support of our students as we grieve this loss,” Stewart added.
The incident marks the second time in a week that a teenager has been shot in the North Precinct. Mi-Twan Johnson, 17, died April 5 after he was shot outside a Herman Street apartment complex.
Police are urging anyone with information about the shootings to contact Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.