Midwest City Authorities Investigate Shooting Death Of Metro Student
MIDWEST CITY, Oklahoma - Christopher Xavier Johnson was a junior at Star Spencer High School.
The school had grief counselors on hand for both students and teachers.
This, while police try to find out who fired the deadly shot and why.
This was the second death involving an Oklahoma City Public School student in less than a week.
A student at John Marshall Mid-High School was killed during a car accident near the campus last week.
On Monday night around 11:30 p.m., Midwest City police received a 911 call alerting them to a body found lying in the middle of Spencer Road near N.E. 15th Street.
When they arrived they found 18-year-old Christopher Xavier Johnson lying dead in a pool of blood less than a mile away from his home and just a few hundred feet from the ESA Park.
“There's a strong possibility he had been in the park prior to the shooting and then once he was shot ran out into the roadway where he collapsed,” said Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes.
Evaline Sherfield lives next door to Christopher Johnson and his mother and was saddened to hear the news.
She said Johnson and his mother were very quiet and very private.
“That was her only child and they seemed real close,” said Sherfield. “And he seemed like a very nice and respectable young man.”
Midwest City police said Johnson was walking home from Spencer, and may have encountered someone at the park.
“We have a witness who indicated that just prior to the shooting they saw what they described as a silver or grey extended cab pickup that was in the area,” said Chief Clabes.
Tuesday police said they don't know if that person was a witness or a suspect in the deadly shooting, but they want to find them and question them.
Meanwhile, friends and classmates at Star Spencer were left grieving the loss of the quiet teen with the big smile.
Many classmates expressed their grief on social media, using the hashtag #longlivechris on Twitter.
Midwest City police asked anyone with information to call (405) 739-1388.
This was Midwest City's first homicide for 2015.