RED SPRINGS — A Red Springs man is recovering after being shot outside of a Haywood Street residence on Sunday.
Justin Johnson, 29, was struck by gunfire in the left side of his chest, puncturing his lung and spleen, during a drive-by shooting, according to Red Springs Police Chief Ronnie Patterson. The shooting occured at 123 Haywood St. at approximately 11:50 a.m., Patterson said.
“He was at the residence when someone came through and started shooting,” Patterson said. “Next thing he knows, he hears another gunshot and realizes that he has been hit.”
Johnson was taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center where he was reported to be in critical condition before being airlifted to Chapel Hill for surgery, according to Patterson. Johnson condition is now listed as stable.
“The surgery went well and he’s in recovery,” Patterson said.
Three shell casings were discovered at the scene of the incident, including two that had been left in the road and one that was found inside the residence.
Red Springs police are currently investigating “a person of interest” who appears to be connected to Johnson, though it is unknown if the shooting was prompted by an earlier altercation.
“We won’t know until after we finish the investigation,” Patterson said. “We hope to make an arrest soon and the detectives are working pretty hard on it.”
Anyone with information about the shooting should call the Red Springs Police Department at 910-843-3454.