American Legion Shooting Left 5 Wounded, Man In Custody

Oct 7, 2019

American Legion leaders have met with Evansville Police to discuss a weekend shooting that wounded five people. 

The American Legion says its mission is to offer a safe place for veterans, their families, and the surrounding community.

In a news release, the legion’s Indiana Department said leaders met with Evansville Police officers following the shooting at Post 354 on Chestnut St. to determine if changes are needed at the post.

The EPD said officers were patrolling the area of the Legion post just before 3:00 a.m. Sunday because of ongoing disturbances.

Officers heard gunshots, immediately responded to the scene, and quickly arrested the suspect, 37-year-old Keymo Johnson.

Three victims were seriously wounded and taken to the hospital.

The remaining two victims suffered minor injuries and refused medical care. 

Witnesses told police Johnson had been in a fight with one of the victims inside the Legion’s bar and was told to leave.

They said Johnson was waiting in the parking lot when the individual involved in the altercation walked outside with a group of people.

Witnesses said Johnson removed a gun from his waistband and began firing into the group, striking 5 people. Four cars were also struck by gunfire.

After a brief foot pursuit, police arrested Johnson on charges including Attempted Murder, Battery with a Deadly Weapon, and Possession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon.

The American Legion said it does not condone “senseless violence.”