EPD identifies victim from early Wed. shooting

Robert Lee Johnson, 48, in critical care

EPD identifies victim from early Wed. shooting

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - A man is in critical care after being shot in downtown Evansville early Wednesday.

911 Caller: “I need, I need, I need an ambulance en route. Can you just hurry up please?”

Dispatcher: “Okay, but what’s going on?”

In that 911 call, the victim’s brother frantically asks for help, saying they were in an apartment. When police arrived they found the victim in the parking lot.

According to EPD Sgt. Jason Cullum, the victim has been identified as Robert Johnson, 48-years-old.

It appears to have happened in the parking lot of Memorial Place Apartments, southeast 10th street near Oak Street, just after 1 a.m. Wednesday.

Police found Johnson in the lot with a gunshot wound to the head. He was rushed to Deaconess.

We are still working to get an update on his condition, but his injuries are believed to be life-threatening. Because of Johnson’s injuries, officers on scene were not able to communicate with him.

“We’re hoping if he regains consciousness that we do get a chance to talk to him," says Sgt. Cullum. "Because of the location and the time of the night, there weren’t a lot of potential witnesses that were available to us, so the people that we did speak to unfortunately were not able to give us a whole lot of details as far as a potential suspect or any of the details surrounding the details of the shooting itself.”

Police say they don't have a suspect right now.

“The area of downtown has traditionally been very safe, but again the community’s mobile," explains Sgt. Cullum. "People can be anywhere at anytime when something can happen. So it’s, we don’t make a lot of calls. When I say the 500 block of Southeast 10th most people in Evansville aren’t going to be able to tell you exactly where that is or what’s on that street. It’s just not a place we go to on a regular basis.”

They are still investigating what happened and who could possibly be involved.

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