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Teen Arrested In Connection With Pearl Cohn Student Murder

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – U.S. Marshals arrested 17-year-old Eric Goodner in connection with the shooting death of 17-year-old Jonathan Johnson.

Metro Nashville Police along with deputy U.S. Marshals arrested Goodner Wednesday at an apartment on Oak Valley Drive in East Nashville.

Officials said Goodner was in the apartment by himself and complied with commands to exit and surrender.

Goodner was transferred to juvenile detention after refusing to be interviewed by North Precinct detectives.

Johnson, who attended Pearl-Cohn High School, left his home on 10th Avenue North to catch the bus just minutes before he was shot around 6:45 a.m. April 11.

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.

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.

Goodner was charged with criminal homicide in a Juvenile Court.

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