Man shot at least six times by wife’s ex-boyfriend, police say

Ernest Johnson Sr.
Ernest Johnson Sr.

Police arrested a suspect after man was shot at least six times just before 9:30 p.m. Friday during an argument in the 5700 block of Portland Place.

The Washington Park man survived the shooting and was listed as being in critical condition in a hospital Monday. He suffered several shots to his leg.

Ernest Johnson Sr. was arrested and charged for possessing a gun as a felon. Police are still investigating and he could face additional charges, Washington Park Police Chief Allen Bonds said.

Johnson being held Monday at the St .Clair County jail in lieu of a $50,000 bail.

“When police arrived at the location, they found the victim laying on his side on the edge of the roadway suffering from multiple gunshot wounds,” Bonds said.

The chief said the wife of the man who was shot had picked up a woman prior to the shooting. The two went into a store at 1230 Kingshighway and ran into Johnson, who is her ex-boyfriend.

“The woman said (Johnson) bought both of them a beer. When they were leaving the store, he followed them out and was flirting with her friend. He ended up leaving with them in the vehicle,” Bonds said.

The three went to a friend’s house on Rosemont Avenue where Johnson argued with someone there and shot his gun, according to Bonds. No one was injured and the three then drove to 5700 Portland Place.

The man’s wife called him while he was on his way to meet the three at the Portland Place residence and he said he could hear arguing in the background, Bonds said. Later the man was told Johnson had threatened his wife.

He then confronted Johnson, according to Bonds. At some point officers say Johnson pulled out a handgun and shot the man at least six times but as may as 10. The man who was shot returned fire.

Bonds said the man told police “he fired two or three times at the suspect, but he was falling backwards as he was shooting. He said he and the suspect started wrestling and he he couldn’t feel his legs. He told his wife to get his gun and throw it in his truck.”

Johnson reportedly fled the scene and ran toward his mother’s Washington Park home, Bonds said.

Police recovered both weapons during their investigation.

Bonds said police have not determined a motive for the shooting.

Carolyn P. Smith: 618-239-2503, @carolynhendri18