Preliminary hearing set for man charged in Crust shooting

The preliminary hearing date for a man arrested in connection with a shooting incident at The Crust Cafe was set Tuesday in Williamsburg-James City County General District Court.

Police arrested John Lee Johnson, 22, of Williamsburg, when he turned himself in to authorities several weeks after a shooting incident at the restaurant across the street from William and Mary that left one man wounded, though with injuries not considered life threatening.

Johnson’s preliminary hearing will take place on Nov. 10, according to the Williamsburg-James City County General District Court Clerk’s Office. A preliminary hearing determines whether there is probable cause to believe the defendant committed a felony, court documents state.

Johnson faces multiple charges — shooting with intent to maim or kill, aggravated malicious wounding, three counts use of a firearm in commission of a felony and two counts shooting into an occupied dwelling, according to court documents.

Police responded to reports of a shooting around 12:45 a.m. on Aug. 27 at the restaurant, which is located at 249 Richmond Road. Officers located one victim of the gunfire, who had been working as special event security, according to Greg Riley, Williamsburg Police Department spokesman.

The incident stemmed from a confrontation between feuding gangs just prior to the shooting, and the man who fired the handgun was aiming in the direction of rival gang members, according to court documents.

Police have made additional arrests of men suspected of involvement. Jamel John Young Jr., 23, Dominique Lamar Wallace, 23, Kajoun Devante Johnson, 22, Travis David-Mark Campbell, 26, and Eric Ronald Anthony James, 24, were arrested and charged with gang participation and maiming by mob in connection with the incident, Riley said.

All are James City County residents, except Wallace, who lives in Williamsburg.

Malik Cory Brown, 28, of James City County, was arrested and charged with gang participation. Warrants were obtained on Sept. 19, Riley said.

Riley couldn’t confirm gang affiliations of those arrested or the identities of the gangs themselves. The suspects were implicated as being involved in the shooting during the investigation but Riley declined to elaborate on what that involvement consisted of.

Jacobs can be reached by phone at 757-298-6007.

Note: A previous version of the story incorrectly spelled Malik Cory Brown’s name. The story has been updated to reflect that change.

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