Sunday, August 28, 2016

Bethel Street Homicide Victim Identified

August 28, 2016

The victim of a homicide that occurred Friday in Whitcomb Court has been identified as Joseph C. Johnson, 44, of the 1900 block of Whitcomb Street.

At approximately 11:51 p.m. on August 26, officers responded to the 2300 block of Bethel Street for reports of shots fired and persons shot. They arrived to find two adult victims, one male and one female, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

Prior to the shooting, there was a party taking place in the area. A fight broke out at the party and gunshots were fired, striking the victims.

“We know a number of people were there Friday night just before the shooting, and our hope is that they come forward,” said Lt. Jason Hudson with the Major Crimes Division. “Assistance from the community – specifically the individuals who witnessed this incident – is what’s going to help us solve this homicide.”

Both victims were taken to a local hospital. The female victim was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Johnson succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Michael Gouldman at 804 646-3915 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip.

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