Elkhart fatal shooting suspect identified by witnesses

Police are looking for a teenager as a suspect for the murder of Eddie Johnson.
Posted on May 13, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on May 13, 2013 at 1:21 p.m.

ELKHART — Few more details are emerging about the afternoon Eddie Johnson, a native Mississippian and Elkhart resident, was shot and killed, even after officials released the name of a suspect in the case.

The Elkhart Circuit Court issued a warrant for the arrest of Leeshawn Rodgers, 19, of Elkhart on a charge of murder.

According to a press release, Rodgers is to be considered armed and dangerous. Police responded around 4:20 p.m. April 30 to the corner of Sixth and Cleveland streets, where several reports had been made about a shooting. When police arrived to the scene, they were told Johnson was taken to Elkhart General Hospital. Johnson died of multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Two witnesses told police they were on the corner of S. Sixth and Cleveland when the incident happened, according to the probable cause affidavit for Rodgers’s case. The two witnesses told police they know Rodgers as “Le Le,” and they saw him walk through the yard, approaching Johnson minutes before the shooting. Johnson put his arm around Rodger’s shoulders in what the witnesses described as a friendly gesture, and they walked around the corner of the house.

One of the witnesses said she heard gunshots. She looked around the corner and saw Johnson and Rodgers struggling with a handgun. The witness then heard more gunshots and saw Johnson fall.

Another witness said she was also out on the corner of Sixth and Cleveland Streets when she saw Rogers shooting Johnson multiple times. The witness ducked under her car, but when she looked up she saw Rodgers running from the scene south toward Wolf Street. A motive for the shooting was not listed in the affidavit.

Police are still looking for Rodgers or any information leading to his arrest.

Anyone with information can call the police department at 574-295-7070, or Crime Stoppers at 574-288-STOP.

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