|Suspect Eric Goodner|
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.
UPDATE: Tennessean reporter Adam Tamburin (who a couple of years ago broke sensational news that a council member cussed in public) has an update that the suspect is still at large and might be receiving aid:
Police are still looking for Eric. L. Goodner, the 17-year-old suspected of shooting another teenager to death as he walked to his school bus stop.
Community members could play a vital role in capturing Goodner, according to North Precinct Commander Terrence Graves.
“This guy’s 17 years old," he said. “Someone is helping him. Someone knows where he slept last night. ... If folks know something they need to give us something"