Police identify man killed at Tuscaloosa apartments

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - The Tuscaloosa Homicide Unit has identified the victim of an early Sunday morning shooting as James Harry Johnson,  a 25-year-old man killed at an apartment complex in Tuscaloosa. Johnson was a graduate student at the University of Alabama majoring in Operations Management in the College of Commerce and Business Administration.

The shooting occurred around 2 a.m. Sunday at the Sterling Crimson Apartments on 17th Street near the University of Alabama's campus. It appeared that Johnson was shot while walking from his parked vehicle to a friend's apartment, police said. It's still unclear whether or not he was the intended target.

One resident of the apartment complex said she heard as many as six gunshots. Witnesses say they saw the victim bleeding from the head, run around the corner and collapse. Johnson was pronounced dead Sunday morning at DCH Regional Medical Center.

A suspect has not been captured in connection to the shooting, but police are looking into a possibly related shooting that occurred around the same time as the murder a few blocks away at the intersection of Hargrove Road and 10th Avenue. A suspect in that shooting, Ricky Crooks, 20, has been arrested and charged with attempted murder for firing shots from his car at an individual near the Buddy's Food Mart, according to Captain Loyd Baker with the Tuscaloosa police.

The Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit is is still investigating whether or not the two shooting incidents are related.

The UA Dean of Students, Tim Hebson, sent out the following statement about Johnson's death:

"As a University, we mourn the loss of our student, James Harry Johnson. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."

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