South Carolina Guard Joey Ryan Johnson Held on Bond After Shooting India Cynthia Lomax
A private security guard in South Carolina was released on $50,000 bond after firing 11 shots at a truck driven by an African-American woman, killing her and wounding her male passenger.
Joey Ryan Johnson Jr., 28, of Greenville, S.C., is charged with voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature in the death of India Cynthia Lomax, 21, who was shot in the back as she drove from a gas station parking lot adjacent to a nightclub where an altercation had allegedly occurred.
Johnson, an employee of Black Ops Protective Services and according to his family members, an Iraq War veteran and former military policeman, told sheriff’s deputes that he fired in self defense. He ordered Lomax to stop her pickup truck, but instead her passenger, Willis Donald, 33, grabbed the steering wheel and drove the vehicle straight at him, Johnson said, according to Capt. Garland Major of the Anderson County sheriff's office.
Lomax died from a bullet to the torso which penetrated through her back, according to the coroner. Police say that no one other than Johnson fired shots at the scene, where Johnson said he was attempting to disperse a crowd gathered in the parking lot next to Marvon’s, an Anderson night spot. The 11 bullets allegedly fired by Johnson struck the side and rear of the vehicle, which then hit a parked car before flipping and stopping against a utility pole, resting on its front bumper, rear wheels in the air.
In attendance at Johnson’s Friday bond hearing, Donald alleged that Johnson was lying about his story and that Johnson later told an acquaintance he felt he shot the wrong person. “He tried to kill me, evidently,” Donald said.
After Johnson was granted bail Friday, members of Lomax and Donald’s family were incensed, one of them shouting, “This is another Trayvon Martin case!” on the way out of the courtroom.