Police: Bayonne man, 59, charged with shooting man, 61, in the leg near Costco


A 59-year-old Bayonne man has been charged with shooting a 61-year-old in the leg near Costco on Goldsborough Drive back in March, police said.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

James A. Johnson, 59, of Bayonne, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a firearm,
certain persons not to possess a firearm, and endangering an injured victim, according to Police Capt. Eric Amato.

Johnson was taken into custody from his residence yesterday at about 9 a.m. The arrest was a result of a lengthy investigation of a reported shooting that had occurred on March 17th at approximately 6:30 p.m. of Costco.

On that date, the male victim, 61, reported that while walking in the area of Chosin Few Way and East 40th Street, an unknown man ran towards him, brandished a firearm. and shot him in the leg.

The shooter then fled northbound on Chosin Few Way as the victim made his way to the Costco parking lot where bystanders were able to summon the police.

As a result of the shooting, the was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

The Bayonne Police Detective Bureau immediately launched an investigation into the shooting, which resulted in Johnson being positively identified as the shooter.

Then yesterday at about 9 a.m., detectives responded to Johnson’s residence and placed him into custody without incident.

From the residence, they recovered a .45 caliber Haskell semi-automatic firearm which was the firearm used in the shooting and numerous additional items of evidence that linked Johnson to the shooting.

During the arrest process, it was discovered that Johnson was classified as a certain person to not possess a firearm, authorities said.

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