Police identify suspect in 17-year-old's shooting death

Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 11:59am
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Eric Goodner

North Precinct detectives have identified 17-year-old Eric L. Goodner as the suspect in Thursday morning’s fatal shooting of Johnathan Johnson, also 17.

A juvenile court arrest order charging Goodner with criminal homicide was issued after police developed him as the suspect, stating that information offered by the community helped the investigation.

Goodner, who is last known to have lived on 26th Avenue North, is considered to be armed and dangerous. Police have been unable to locate Goodner, who they said last attended Pearl-Cohn High School on Feb. 13.

Johnson, also a Pearl-Cohn High School student, was shot around 6:40 a.m. Thursday while on his way to catch the bus on 10th Avenue North. He died from his injuries.

According  to police, Goodner apparently waited for Johnson in a vacant lot, and when Johnson left his home, Goodner walked up to him and shot him multiple times.

Pearl-Cohn principal Sonia Stewart said of the shooting, “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,” Stewart added.

The incident marks the second time in a week that a teenager has been shot in the North Precinct. Mi-Twan Johnson, 17, died April 5 after he was shot outside a Herman Street apartment complex.

Police are urging anyone with information about the shootings to contact Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.