Sam Kenta Johnson
Sam Kenta Johnson
RIDGELAND — A 39-year-old Jackson man remains in custody at the Madison County Detention Center after being denied bond for his alleged involvement in a shooting that took place outside an assisted living facility here last week.

Sam Kenta Johnson was denied bond during his initial appearance last Friday. He is charged with one count of attempted murder and one count of aggravated assault.

At approximately 6:20 a.m. last Thursday, police officers responded to Highland Home, located at 638 Highland Colony Parkway, after receiving a report of a shooting.

A 32-year-old female employee of Highland Home was leaving the facility after her overnight shift ended and was shot along with her boyfriend who was there to pick her up.

“Investigators on the scene were able to obtain information from the two victims prior to being transported to aid in the investigation,” Police Chief John Neal stated in a release. “It was discovered a subject named Sam had shot the two victims and fled the scene in a white vehicle.  

“Other staff members reported to the responding officers that the female victim heard an argument outside the south doors of the facility and upon investigating, she saw her current boyfriend (male victim) and her ex-boyfriend in a confrontation in the parking lot of the facility,” he continued. “As the female victim was exiting the facility to confront the people outside, gunshots were fired. The female victim retreated back inside and secured the doors to the facility. The male victim ran on foot attempting to get back to his vehicle. The shooting suspect fled in a white vehicle.”

Johnson quickly became the main suspect and issued a BOLO (be on the lookout) to other law enforcement agencies. Approximately four hours after the shooting, Johnson was arrested near Grenada and taken into custody without incident.