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Five People Shot Overnight at American Legion Post, Suspect in Custody

Evansville Police are investigating an overnight shooting at the American Legion Post after five people were shot.

Authorities were called to the post at 1127 Chestnut Street just before 3:00 a.m. Sunday due to “ongoing disturbances,” according to a news release.

Officers reportedly heard gunshots in the area and responded to the scene.

The first responding officer was able to give a description of the shooter and provide those details to other officers.

Sunday morning’s shooting spree left three people suffering from serious injuries and two others refusing medical care.

Police were able to identify 37-year-old Keymo Johnson as the shooter. He was spotted running from the scene and was later captured without incident following a foot pursuit.

Investigators believe that Johnson had been in an altercation with one of the victims inside of the Legion bar and was told to leave.

Johnson was in the parking lot when the individual involved in the altercation walked outside with a group of people. That’s when Johnson removed a gun from his waistband and began firing into the group hitting five people. Four vehicles were also struck.

Johnson was arrested on charges including attempted murder, battery with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, resisting law enforcement, and criminal mischief.

The Legion released the following the statement:

Department Statement on shooting at American Legion Post 354The American Legion Department of Indiana is aware and is currently investigating the early morning shooting that took place at American Legion Post 354 in Evansville on Sunday the 6th. Post leadership notified Department staff that the incident started earlier in the evening when two men had an argument inside of the Post. After one of the men was asked to leave, he apparently waited outside until the Post closed and opened fire on individuals leaving the building.The Department of Indiana does not condone this act of senseless violence. The mission of our local posts is to be a safe place for not only veterans and their family, but also the surrounding community.Post leadership met with officers from the Evansville Police Department early this morning and are currently investigating the issue at the post level.Information received from both Post 354 and local law enforcement will be reviewed to determine if changes to the post are necessary.The American Legion, Department of Indiana is comprised of more than 76,000 military service veterans who have served honorably during times of military conflict in defense of their nation since 1919 and more than 1.8 million members nationwide

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