One man was injured Saturday evening, Nov. 5, in a shooting that occurred around 5:30 on Walker Street in Johnston. According to Police Chief Lamaz Robinson, who spoke to The Advertiser regarding the shooting, the incident seems to have stemmed from an argument over a dog that turned into a physical altercation. At some point during that altercation, a firearm was produced and a “tussle” between the suspect and the victim for the gun ensued and during which shots were fired. The suspect was said to have then gotten the gun and put it into the side of the victim and then fired it again.
The suspect fled the scene in a vehicle. JPD officers gave chase but eventually lost sight of the fleeing suspect. A BOLO was issued for the vehicle, and later in the evening, JPD was notified that the SC Highway Patrol had stopped the vehicle in Saluda County. Officers with the JPD responded to that scene and took custody of the suspect.
The suspect in this case, Nakia Kinte Gray, 38, of Johnston, is currently being held in the Edgefield County Detention Center. He is being charged with attempted murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, and a felon in possession of a firearm.
The victim in this shooting was transported to Augusta University Medical Center. It was still unclear at press time how many times the victim was actually shot, however, he was last reported to be in stable condition.
Evidence, including the Cobra 38 special revolver used in this shooting, was recovered at the scene.
Chief Robinson thanked the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office, the SCHP, and citizens at the scene for their assistance. He cited the “swift action” of the officers which enable the situation to be gotten “under control immediately” and shared that it was actually a citizen at the scene who at one point stepped on the suspect’s hand and got the firearm. He noted that citizen put himself in harm’s way to serve the greater good.