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Man Arrested for Shooting Victim at New London Convenience Store



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    A man who allegedly shot a customer at a convenience store in New London early Monday morning was arrested later in the day, police told NBC Connecticut. 

    The suspect, Taj Johnson, 23, is accused of shooting a customer in their back at the Ravi Petro Food Mart at 290 Broad Street around 1:40 a.m.

    The victim was taken to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital then airlifted to Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment. At last check he was in critical condition, police said.

    A police K9 was brought in to help with the investigation, but police were not able to locate the 23-year-old shooter who fled on foot.

    Later in the morning, police were notified about a fight between two men at the New London Library on Huntington Street. When police got to the scene, it was reported that one of the men had a firearm and had fled.

    Schools were contacted and a school lockdown was initiated out of precaution. 

    After searching for the suspect, police located Johnson on Crystal Avenue and State Pier Road before bringing him into custody just after 11:40 a.m. A stolen .380 semi-auto pistol was found on Johnson during his arrest.

    Johnson faces charges that include threatening, breach of peace, assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a pistol without a permit. 

    Anyone with information is asked to call the New London Police Department Detective Division at (860) 447-1481.

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