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Police Identify Suspected Shooter In Murder Of 17-Year-Old

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17-year-old Johnathan Johnson was shot and killed while waiting for the bus Thursday morning. 17-year-old Johnathan Johnson was shot and killed while waiting for the bus Thursday morning.
Eric Goodner Eric Goodner

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Police have identified a teenager wanted for the murder of a 17-year-old Pearl Cohn High School student.

The Juvenile Court arrest order charging criminal homicide has been issued against 17-year-old Eric L. Goodner for the shooting of Johnathan Johnson on 10th Avenue North.

Johnson left his home on 10th Avenue North to catch the bus just minutes before he was shot around 6:45 a.m. Thursday. Witnesses told police the shooter, later identified as Goodner, was sitting on steps leading to a vacant lot. When he saw Johnson, police said he walked up to him, shot him more than once, and fled the area on foot.

Police said assistance from the community aided detectives in identifying Goodner as the suspected shooter. He is last known to have lived on 26th Avenue North, and last attended Pearl-Cohn High School on February 13.

Police said he should be considered armed and dangerous. A motive for the shooting was under investigation.

Anyone seeing Goodner or knowing his whereabouts is urged to immediately contact the Emergency Communications Center at 862-8600 or Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.  

Sky 5 HD showed several people surrounding the victim in the middle of the street before paramedics loaded him onto a stretcher and took him to an ambulance. A backpack was left in the street.

A large crowd formed immediately after the shooting. Police said citizens were helpful to detectives during the investigation.

The bus was headed to Pearl Cohn High School, where Johnson was a sophomore and played basketball.

Sonia Stewart, principal at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, issued this statement:  

"Today the Pearl-Cohn family lost one of our own.  We had a student who was fatally shot in the community this morning. The student was a young man who was friendly, kind and had a bright future. Our school community is responding to the needs of our students with grief counseling and additional support. The family of the victim has asked that their privacy be respected. I would like to thank Metro School Security, support staff, and local law enforcement for the quick response and support of our students as we grieve this loss."

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