Selma man arrested after one month

Published 7:21pm Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Nearly one month after Selma resident Norris Johnson, 28, attempted murder in the 900 block of Knightswood Street the Selma Police Department arrested him.

The department has had a warrant out for Johnson’s arrest and he was apprehended April 9 after receiving an anonymous tip of his whereabouts.

Sgt. Curtis Muhannad of the Selma Police Department said Johnson had been hiding in seclusion for the past month since the shootings took place.

“Mr. Johnson was in rivalries with another gentleman and he spotted this guy in the yard in the 900 block of Knightswood,” Muhannad said, describing the March 10 incident.

“There were other people out there standing around at the time. When he took a position and began firing in that resident’s yard striking the residence that was occupied. He struck vehicles that were parked in the yard that were unoccupied.”

Muhannad added that although no one was injured, Johnson incurred reckless endangerment as there were people standing outside when the shooting took place.

“The other person didn’t fire back,” he said. “Actually, they took some of the children that were out in the yard and tried to protect some of the children. They didn’t fire a weapon, from information that we gathered.”

Muhannad said the incident was not gang related, but added, “I don’t think these were shootings at random, they were actually targeted at the victim they are trying to assault.”

When the police arrested Johnson Tuesday, they recovered a Glock 23 .40 caliber and a 12 gauge Winchester shotgun.

Johnson was charged with attempted murder with a $750,000 bond; discharging a firearm in an occupied dwelling with a $250,000 bond; discharging a firearm into an unoccupied dwelling with a $50,000 bond and discharging a firearm into an unoccupied vehicle with $50,000 bond for a total of $1.1 million in bonds.

While the search for Johnson took two months, Muhannad said the arrest should be considered a success.

“It’s always a success when we can bring a dangerous person that shoots with no regard for the life of innocent people in a populated residence,” Muhannad said. “And at the same time, to recover two weapons from that person is always a success for any department.”

Johnson has not made bail and is being held in the Dallas County Jail.

 

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