Convicted Robber Charged After Firing Shots at Rideshare Driver and his Passenger
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East Precinct detectives charged convicted robber Jason Johns Jr., 18, with two counts of aggravated assault after he admitted shooting at two men Wednesday night in the 800 block of Fatherland Street because he felt one of them had “disrespected” him at Weiss Liquors, 824 Main Street.
The victims, a rideshare driver and his passenger, reported that as the passenger went into Weiss Liquors he held the door open for Johns who gave him an odd look. When the victims left the liquor store they were followed by Johns to Fatherland Street. When the rideshare driver stopped to let out his passenger, Johns approached and fired shots toward them from approximately ten feet away. The rideshare driver returned fire, striking Johns. Johns fled on foot leaving behind the vehicle he had driven to the scene, a 2014 Nissan Pathfinder that had been reported stolen from a Madison residence on Tuesday. Neither victim was struck.
Johns, of Indiana Avenue, later arrived at Vanderbilt University Medical Center with gunshot wounds to his arm and chest. He is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and theft. He is being held in lieu of $225,000 bond.
Johns was convicted of aggravated robbery when he was 15. Last year he was charged in Juvenile Court with aggravated robbery after he admitted to taking a woman’s car at gunpoint outside an apartment complex at 3417 Lebanon Pike.