Authorities say a man who was shot in the head during the recent Pelican Point shooting in Fairhope has survived with minor injuries.
The man, who has remained unidentified by law enforcement, was shot at point-blank range the night of Sept. 9 by 50-year-old Gregory Johnson while in the driver’s seat of his truck. The victim was able to retrieve a shotgun in his vehicle and shot Johnson multiple times, killing him. Cpt. Clint Cadenhead with the Baldwin County Major Crimes Unit told Lagniappe the man and Johnson had engaged in a verbal altercation minutes before the incident.
According to Cadenhead, Johnson had been speaking with a woman in the parking lot of the recreation area when the unnamed victim arrived. Cadenhead said the victim heard Johnson making possible advances toward the unidentified woman and that she was telling him “she was a married woman.”
Cadenhead said the victim confronted Johnson, telling him to leave the woman alone.
“They both had words, and [the victim] went back to what he was doing, putting his boat in the water,” Cadenhead said.
Johnson reportedly followed the victim to his truck and stuck a .38-caliber pistol to the side of the man’s forehead.
“[The victim] had put his hands up and said, ‘What are you going to do, shoot me?’ and Johnson shot him,” Cadenhead said. “He’s extremely lucky. It was a small caliber. The bullet went into his head and passed out to the other side. It never hit his brain.”
He noted the victim was transported to the hospital where he received stitches and was released.
The Pelican Point shooting is currently being handled by investigators and local prosecutors as a matter of self-defense, Cadenhead said, though they are still asking any witnesses to come forward if they have more details. The case will be presented to a grand jury to determine if charges are warranted.
Cadenhead said an investigation has not concluded yet and authorities are still waiting on a toxicology report for Johnson.
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