Police Identify Homicide Victim

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Police have identified the Omaha teen killed Saturday as 19-year-old Garion Johnson.

Johnson was wounded near Fontenelle Boulevard and Sorensen Parkway around 9:45 a.m. Police believed one or two suspects approached him and opened fire. Johnson tried to drive away, but crashed into the garage of a nearby house. He later died at CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center.

"It's extremely important that anyone with any information in this incident contact Omaha police and give us any information they might have," said Lt. Steve Cerveny. "That goes a long way in solving the crime."

Court documents show that Johnson was convicted in 2014 of theft, discharging a firearm near a vehicle/building and the use of a firearm to commit a felony.

WOWT 6 News archives described a situation that landed Johnson in jail. When he was 17 he led police on a manhunt after a running gun battle took place near 41st and Ames. In 2013, investigators said Johnson was involved in stealing a Chevy Avalanche. Two young men were arrested, but at the time Johnson got away.

As for Saturday's shooting, a motive is not known. "I was working in the yard and I heard eight or nine loud bangs." Coy Glidewell works construction on the sewer separation project in the area. "Then I heard tires squealing and then I heard another loud bang and then I walked over here and I saw the car over there in the garage. He was shot in the head and he was moving, so he was still alive."

Anyone with information is asked to call the OPD Homicide Unit at 402-444-5656 or Crime Stoppers at 402-444-STOP.