A friend of running back Chris Johnson was killed in an early morning drive-by shooting Sunday in Orlando, Florida that left the NFL star wounded.
Dreekius “Rollie” Johnson, 28, was found dead in a SUV at a stop light, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release. Chris Johnson, 29, was shot in the shoulder and is in stable condition. A third man, Reggie Johnson, 29, was shot in the shoulder, leg and hand and also survived, deputies said.
Dreekius Johnson and Chris Johnson were at a concert at an Orlando club Saturday night before the shooting, according to posts on social media by Chris Johnson and friends of the victims.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. He Was Driving the Jeep That Was Shot At
The shooting happened at about 4 a.m. on Southland Boulevard near South Orange Blossom Trail, the sheriff’s office said. Dreekius Johnson was found inside the Jeep in the driver’s seat, deputies said. Chris Johnson and Reggie Johnson, who were passengers in the SUV, were found outside the Jeep on a nearby sidewalk.
2. It’s Not Yet Known Why the Jeep Was Shot At
Police have not yet said why Johnson’s SUV was shot at, or who the intended target was. According to the police report, an unknown vehicle pulled up behind the Jeep at a red light and someone opened fire at the SUV from inside the other vehicle.
The sheriff’s office said no other information would be released Sunday.
3. They Were at Rapper Kenny Turner’s Show Before the Shooting
Dreekius Johnson, Chris Johnson and other friends were at Lux, an Orlando club, Saturday night, according to social media posts. They were there for Turner’s concert. Turner is a former high school football teammate and friend of Chris Johnson, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Chris Johnson is from Orlando and was home visiting for the weekend, according to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer. Johnson had been training in Los Angeles.
4. Friends Have Mourned His Death on Social Media
5. He Has a Criminal Record Including Drug & Gun Convictions
Dreekius Johnson was convicted in 2013 on felony drug charges, according to Orange County, Florida court records. His record also includes 2005 convictions for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, burglary and robbery.