Sam K. Johnson
Sam K. Johnson
A 41-year-old Jackson man was sentenced to 25 years in prison this week for shooting two people in a nursing home parking lot off Highland Colony Parkway in Ridgeland in October 2017. 

Sam Kenta Johnson shot his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend in the parking lot of Highland Home around 6:20 a.m. on Oct. 26, 2017. Johnson’s ex-girlfriend was employed as a caregiver at Highland Home at the time and her boyfriend was picking her up after working the overnight shift.

Hours earlier, during her shift, Johnson asked the female victim multiple times if he could pick her up from work. She declined but Johnson still showed up against her wishes.

Upon arriving, Johnson encountered her current boyfriend — the male victim — in his car and they got in an argument based on the victims’ relationship. While he was still in the car, Johnson shot the man in the chest. The female victim heard gunshots and subsequently exited the building. She was then shot by Johnson in the lower back, according to authorities. 

Both the male and female victim were rushed to the University of Mississippi Medical Center and had surgery to address their gunshot wounds.

The female victim was able to provide Johnson’s car tag number which was broadcasted to law enforcement throughout the state. Johnson was pulled over in Grenada County, arrested, and then sent to the Ridgeland Police Department for questioning. The gun found in his car when he was arrested matched the projectiles found at the scene. 

Ridgeland Police Chief John Neal explained in 2017 that the residents of the nursing home were never in danger.

“This was a very a serious situation which was handled with a tremendous amount of skill by law enforcement, from securing the crime scene, to questioning multiple witnesses, receiving statements from the victims, to working with other law enforcement throughout Mississippi, and ultimately bringing this gunman to justice,” District Attorney John K. Bramlett Jr. stated in a release. “No shooting goes without notice in Madison and Rankin Counties.  Johnson shot the two victims out of jealously and because of his pre-meditated actions, he will spend most of the rest of his life in prison.”

Johnston was found guilty of two counts of aggravated assault. Upon his release, Johnson will be required to be under supervised probation for five years.