NFL running back Chris Johnson was among three people who were shot in a drive-by shooting in Orlando, Florida. Johnson and one of his companion, both of whom were not fatally shot, are currently in a stable condition. However, one of them died in the shooting.
On Sunday, March 8, Chris Johnson was riding in a gold Jeep with his companions Reggie Johnson and Dreekius Oricko Johnson, who was driving. Though the relationship between the three Johnsons has not yet been revealed, they apparently had just gone from a concert and were then heading to a recording studio.
At around 4:09am, when the three reached a stoplight in the intersection of Southland Boulevard and South Orange Blossom Trail, a yet-unidentified vehicle pulled over beside them and the people in it started shooting at them. Dreekius was killed, while Reggie was shot in the shoulder, hand and leg. Chris, on the other hand, was shot in the shoulder.
According to the Orange County Sheriff Office’s police report, the deputies arrived at the crime scene and saw Dreekius’ body lying inside the jeep, while the wounded, Reggie and Chris were on the sidewalk.
As of now, the sheriff’s office said that they will not be releasing further details about the incident, including a description of the gunman involved. They said that it is now a little early for them to determine if it was a planned, targeted shooting.
Sports writer Jay Glazer tweeted that Chris has been training in LA, but decided to go home to Orlando for the weekend. In an interview with TMZ, a source close to Chris said that Chris was leaning back on his seat texting when the shooting happened. It was fortunate that he was leaning back or else he would have been killed too. “It wasn’t his time,” the source added.
Chris is about to be placed as a free agent on Tuesday, March 10 after only one season with the New York Jets because they declined to exercise an option for him this year. Prior to playing for the New York Jets, Chris played for the Tennessee Titans.
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