PC North Basketball Player Recovering After Being Shot


Wednesday, February 3rd 2021, 5:24 pm
By: Hunter McKee


OKLAHOMA CITY -

An Oklahoma high school basketball player is recovering in the hospital after a shooting. 

It happened Monday night after police said a fight broke out on the city's northwest side.

Family through social media identified the victim as Jeremiah Johnson. He's a student at Putnam City North High School. 

On social media, his mom said the family is still in total shock by what happened.

“I’ve been here eight years, and nothing like that’s ever happened,” said Cadence Dickinson, a witness.

Police responded to a shooting Monday night near NW 48th and Classen. They said a large group was at an abandoned building.

“They were playing music, and out of nowhere, it just escalated to kind of a brawl,” Dickinson said.

“For whatever reason, a large altercation took place with numerous shots being fired,” said Oklahoma City Master Sgt. Gary Knight.

Witnesses told police 12 to 25 shots were heard and blood was found at the scene. Dickinson lives a few houses down and caught part of the incident as it unfolded.

“St. Anthony Hospital let us know that someone who had been dropped off in a private vehicle there,” said Knight.

The person was later identified as Johnson, who police said was shot. He's a highly recruited player and has received offers from multiple schools.

His mom posted to Facebook and said "both bullets are out. ... The doctors have a positive outlook for our son and our faith in God makes us confident that he will make a full recovery."

His father, Jeremy Johnson who is also Putnam City North High School's assistant basketball coach tweeted, "Thank you everyone for all the prayers and support."

He also said Jeremiah Johnson will be OK.

Fortunately, no one else was hit, police said.

“Because there was a large number of rounds fired and large number of people, that could have easily very easily turned into something far more traumatic,” said Knight.

Police said they're still investigating, but so far, there have not been any arrests made at this time.