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Man arrested in deadly bar shooting

Published: Friday, March 15, 2013 @ 1:42 PM
Updated: Friday, March 15, 2013 @ 2:19 PM

A 29-year-old Dayton man was arrested Friday in connection with the death of a Springfield man in a bar shooting last month that injured three others.

Julian Anwar Johnson was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals at an apartment complex in Trotwood, a Dayton suburb, where authorities found him hiding in a bathroom.

Johnson’s arrest comes nearly a month after Ernest Edwards, 34, of Springfield, and three others were shot at the Nite Owl bar, 601 W. Main St., after a fight broke out and someone started shooting.

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Edwards was pronounced dead at the scene. Two victims were treated for gunshot wounds and later released from Springfield Regional Medical Center. The third victim was hospitalized and continues to suffer from a medical condition.

The other victims were men, ages 23, 29 and 29, police said.

Springfield Police Sgt. Jeffrey Flores said Edwards was shot multiple times, including the chest, as he left the bar.

“This guy was actually a true victim. He was not involved in the fight. He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Flores said.

Detectives believe the shooting started because of an argument about 11:55 p.m. over a woman, according to police reports.

During the melee, one person was seen with a gun and another got hit in the head with a bottle, police said.

As employees attempted to clear the building, some people ran out the front door as others attempted to exit out the back, officers said.

Johnson allegedly ran out the front door, went to a vehicle, retrieved a semi-automatic handgun and began firing towards the back door where several people, including Edwards, were attempting to exit the club.

Police also have a warrant for the arrest of Walter Baker Jr., 28, of Dayton, who they say brandished a gun inside the bar. Investigators believe Johnson was with Baker.

“We believe Johnson is the shooter who fired the fatal shot,” Flores said.

Police identified Johnson as a suspect several days after the shooting but were unable to locate him, according to police reports.

A warrant was issued for his arrest in February, and he was apprehended Friday morning by the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team at the Castlebrook Apartments in Trotwood.

Johnson is being held in the Clark County Jail. He is charged with murder and having weapons as a felon.

He is scheduled to be arraigned in Clark County Municipal Court on Monday.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Springfield police, 937-324-7694.