Thea Digiammerino

Man Charged With Attempted Murder in New London Convenience Store Shooting

A man accused of shooting a customer at a convenience store in New London in March has been charged with a attempted murder.

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. on March 12.

The victim was taken to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital then airlifted to Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment.

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.

Police eventually located the man and identified him as Johnson.

Police said a stolen .380 semi-auto pistol was found on Johnson during his arrest. At that time he faced charges include threatening, breach of peace, assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a pistol without a permit.

At a court appearance Tuesday, Johnson was served an arrest warrant charging him in the shooting. He is charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault, criminal possession of a firearm, unlawful discharge of a firearm, and reckless endangerment.

Johnson is in the custody of the Department of Correction. He is held on a $1 million bond.

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