NFL running back Chris Johnson injured in fatal drive-by shooting
NFL running back Chris Johnson was wounded in the shoulder early Sunday in a drive-by shooting in Florida that left one man dead, US media reported.
The Orlando Sentinel, citing the Orange County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office, reported that the shooting took place shortly after 4am local time.
Witnesses told authorities that an unknown vehicle pulled up at a red light beside the Jeep Johnson was riding in and opened fire.
Johnson, 29, was shot in the shoulder. another passenger was wounded in the shoulder, hand and leg and the driver of the vehicle was killed.
Johnson and the other victim are listed in stable condition and an investigation is ongoing, authorities said.
Johnson, who attended Olympia High School in Orlando, was recently released by the New York Jets after the organisation did not pick up his contract option.
Johnson spent last season with the New York Jets after six with the Tennessee Titans.
The Jets declined to pick his option last month, and Johnson will officially become a free agent on Tuesday.
With 8628 yards, Johnson is the fifth-leading active rusher in the NFL.
He is one of only seven NFL players to rush for 2000 yards in a season, but he was unable to establish himself as a starter with the Jets in a disappointing 2014 campaign.