From all accounts at least 5 people were at 4632 N. Shade Ave Sarasota Fl firing what appears to be at least three different .22 caliber weapons, long guns and handguns, at a THIN wooden fence in the backyard with no natural deterrent like trees or DIRT PILED UP behind the wooden fence to stop bullets from traveling into other people yards or passing cars. It also appears that the 5 people were drinking alcohol. There is really no ultimate safe gun range, fly overs can occur and so can ricochet shots, but shooting at paper targets on a THIN wooden 'privacy fence' in a residential neighborhood is just plain stupid, add drinking alcohol and you have a sure fire way to kill someone, and they did.
ACCORDING TO HERALD TRIBUNE WRITER LEE WILLIAMS: Todd Johnson, one of the residents of 4632 N. Shade, has a history of weapons-related incidents. In 2004, when he was 18, Johnson shot a protester outside Sarasota's Planned Parenthood with a pellet gun. The projectile hit a sign the man was carrying.The protester was not harmed. Johnson was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. He pleaded guilty, but the adjudication of his guilty plea was withheld, and he was sentenced to 90 days of probation. A month before the Planned Parenthood shooting, deputies found a pair of brass knuckles in Johnson's pants pocket when he and several others were patted-down after a disturbance. They charged him with carrying a concealed weapon, a first-degree misdemeanor. Sheriff's Office detectives have interviewed Johnson several times about the shooting death of Morse. Following a neighborhood canvassing, detectives were told about an accidental shooting at Johnson's home, which occurred about a month before Morse was killed. Johnson shot himself in the knee with a .40-caliber Glock 22 "while cleaning his gun." During an interview about Morse's death, Johnson denied shooting any firearms and instead said he had friends over at his house who may have fired his gun. Johnson voluntarily turned over ammunition and a .22-caliber rifle to detectives, who asked him to meet them at the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office for a more formal interview. The man never showed up, so the detectives went back to Johnson's home to talk with him. During this interview, Todd Johnson claimed that he and some friends were drinking during the afternoon of May 15. "Johnson further stated he showed his friends his new .22-caliber firearm," reports state. "Johnson claimed he consumed too much alcohol and passed out on the living room couch. Johnson claimed one of his friends may have taken his firearm and discharged it in the backyard while he was passed out." He refused to name his five friends. But a family friend, the wife of a Sarasota County deputy whom Johnson confided in, told investigators that Todd Johnson had told her that his girlfriend was going to testify he was passed out during the shooting but that he actually fired the gun. Reports indicate Johnson also told the woman that the weapon and .22-caliber ammunition seized by detectives belonged to his stepfather, and that the ammunition and weapon used in the shooting were still in his home. Johnson also told her that he and his father were repairing the wooden fence because bullet holes were visible in it.
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