Warrant issued for suspect in drive-by shooting

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By Jesef Williams

A Lancaster man is wanted in connection with the drive-by shooting that sent another man to the hospital Tuesday afternoon.

The Lancaster Police Department has issued an arrest warrant for Ganathan Johnson, 18, of 2101 Pardue St.

He faces an assault and battery with intent to kill charge in connection with for the shooting of a man who was standing outside a home on the 100th block of Pleasant Hill Street, Police Chief Hugh White said.

According to reports, a green Nissan or Toyota sedan pulled up to the home and someone inside fired multiple gunshots. At least one bullet hit the man in the upper part of his back.

He was flown to a Columbia hospital and released later that day, White said.

A neighbor told officers she heard five or six gunshots. Police later found six spent 9 mm rounds in the area.  

Interviews with witnesses led investigators to Johnson. White said the police department doesn’t have any other suspects at this time.

“He’s laying low right now,” White said about Johnson. “We hope to get some calls to his whereabouts.”

Johnson was convicted in August 2008 of aggravated assault  and resisting arrest, White said.

Johnson is on probation, White said.

If you know anything about this incident, you are asked to call the Lancaster Police Department at 283-1171 or 283-3313.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1152