Man charged with shooting wife, her friend with sawed-off shotgun

February 01, 1996|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

A 35-year-old man, apparently upset that his wife had moved out of their West Baltimore home and obtained a restraining order against him, was charged yesterday with shooting the woman and a friend with a sawed-off shotgun.

City police charged Lonzell Johnson of the 1400 block of Druid Hill Ave. with two counts of attempted murder in an arrest warrant. He was being sought.

The suspect's estranged wife, Bonnie Johnson, 31, was shot in the back of the head. She was listed in critical condition last night at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Clarence Hughs, 44, was shot in the neck and was in seriouscondition at the hospital.

Police said Mrs. Johnson had moved out several days ago and on Tuesday obtained a restraining order and filed criminal charges against her husband, charging him with battery and assault with a deadly weapon.

She moved in with a friend a few houses away on the same block.

About 7:30 a.m. yesterday, Mr. Johnson broke into the house where his wife was staying, police said. Mrs. Johnson ran into a bedroom where her friend, Mr. Hughs, and his girlfriend were.

Police said the suspect shot Mr. Hughs then struck Mrs. Johnson in the head with the shotgun and shot her. Mr. Hughs' girlfriend escaped unharmed.

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