Gregory Johnson, 52, is now wanted on charges of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder, according to a NOPD news release. After arguing with three juveniles, Johnson was seen retrieving an object from a Mercedez Benz that had driven up nearby, and Johnson then began shooting at the teens — hitting a 14-year-old in the head, wounding a 15-year-old and missing the third boy, police said.
The driver of the Mercedez Benz was later identified as 49-year-old Randy Pittman, and he was arrested on three counts of accessory to attempted first-degree murder.
For more details, see the full news release below:
New Orleans Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 52-year-old Gregory Johnson, wanted in connection with the murder of a 14-year-old boy and the injuring of a 15-year-old boy. The incident occurred near the intersection of Brainard and Josephine Streets.
Shortly before 7:30 P.M., officers responded to a call of a shooting where the 14-year-old boy was located suffering from a gunshot wound to the head and the 15-year-old boy was located suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg. The 14-year-old later died at the hospital while the 15-year-old was listed in stable condition.
According to witnesses, Johnson was observed fussing with the three juveniles as they walked down the street. Shortly thereafter, a Mercedes Benz, traveling the wrong way down a one-way street, pulled up and stopped. Johnson was then seen approaching the vehicle and retrieving an object from the rear seat at which time he began to chase the three teens and started shooting at them.
Upon further investigation, detectives were able to identify and locate the driver of the Mercedes Benz, 49-year-old Randy Pittman. Pittman was charged with three counts of Accessory to Attempted First Degree Murder.
Gregory Johnson is currently wanted for First Degree Murder and two counts of Attempted First Degree Murder.
“I want to thank our Sixth District Detectives and I applaud members of this community who came to our officers and shared information about this heinous crime,” said Superintendent Ronal Serpas. “With the commitment of citizen involvement and the diligent work of our officers, we continue to be successful in taking these dangerous offenders off our streets.”
Citizens with information that can help solve this crime are asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP(7867). You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the responsible person(s). You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to CRIMESTOPPERS at www.crimestoppersgno.org .