Police sorting through details that led to an East Side shooting

By John W. Goodwin Jr.



Police are sorting out what led to a Tuesday evening shooting on the East Side that sent two men to the hospital with serious injuries.

John Buchanan, 24, of Republic Avenue, was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center with a gunshot wound to the leg. At the same time, 24-year-old Devontae Johnson, of Plaza View Court, was also taken to St. Elizabeth with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Police Chief Rod Foley said both men are expected to recover. He said police want to speak with people believed to be involved in the shooting but named no suspects.

“We have people of interest we are looking to talk to, but no finger pointing at this time,” he said.

Police were called to the Plaza View apartment complex on the city’s East Side just before 7:30 p.m. for a report of shots fired and at least two people hit. Emergency personnel were working on Johnson inside an apartment.

Johnson told police at the scene that he was walking to the store and was shot after he “ended up in the middle of the wrong thing.” He told responding officers that he did not know who shot him.

Buchanan was found in a nearby yard, a shotgun laying next to him.

Witnesses in the apartment where Johnson was found told police they were watching television when Johnson, who lives in a nearby apartment, banged on the door saying he was shot.

Another witness, who lives close by, told police the shooting started after a man walked into her apartment holding a shotgun and yelling “somebody took my stuff.” The witness said she ran to an upstairs bedroom and heard gunshots in the downstairs part of her home and outside.

Foley said the shooting definitely was not spontaneous, but police are still trying to determine exactly what led to the gunfire.

“This was a planned action with two different factions. We have to determine who are the aggressors here,” he said. “Detectives are still sorting through statements from witnesses and they could not talk to the victims that night so we are doing that now to determine what this beef is about.”

There were reports that a third person had been shot during the exchange of gunfire, but Foley said that has not been confirmed and police have not found any additional shooting victims at area hospitals.

County records show Johnson has been arrested in the past for domestic violence and obstructing official business.

Buchanan has been arrested previously for possession of drugs and carrying concealed weapons.

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