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Update: Johnson City man charged with early-morning shooting at Campus Ridge Apartments

May 30th, 2013 2:23 pm by Becky Campbell

Update: Johnson City man charged with early-morning shooting at Campus Ridge Apartments

Donovan Mitchell Johnson




A Johnson City man was charged Thursday in a shooting incident earlier that morning at Campus Ridge Apartments, according to a Sessions Court affidavit.


Johnson City police responded to Johnson City Medical Center about a shooting victim and found Christen Gray, 23, with a gunshot wound to his lower left leg. 


Gray told police that a tall, thin, light-skinned black man, who was later identified as Donovan Mitchell Johnson, 21, 1313 E. Chilhowie Ave., came to his apartment at 1301 Seminole Drive, Apt. D, around 6:30 a.m. and they began to argue after Johnson entered the apartment.


Gray said Johnson, who he had seen before in a downtown club, accused Gray of being a liar and told him “the best way to get a best friend is to shoot his friend,” according to the initial police report.


Johnson then reportedly fired three shots from a silver semi-automatic handgun. Two rounds missed Gray, but the third hit him in the leg.


According to the police report, another man at the apartment, who was in a back room when the shooting occurred, took Gray to the JCMC. Gray’s leg injury reportedly was severe and required surgery.


According to the affidavit, around 11:26 a.m. Johnson went inside a residence at 636½ E. Maple St. He allegedly had two semi-automatic pistols pointed at Uhamma Delgado and Casilda Hernandez, and pulled the trigger not realizing the safety was on.


According to the affidavit, Johnson stated that he had shot a guy six times at Campus Ridge Apartments that morning and put him in the hospital.


According to the court document, officers found a Bersa .380 semi-automatic pistol in Johnson’s vehicle.


Johnson was charged with attempted first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault.


His bond was set at $200,000 and was scheduled to appear in Sessions Court on June 6.

Staff Writer Jennifer Sprouse and Assistant News Editor Rex Barber contributed to this article.


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