Selma Police Identify Person Of Interest In Weekend Shooting

Selma Police have identified a person of interest in a weekend shooting that left a 53 year-old man seriously injured.  Officers responded to the shooting late-Saturday at 405 W. Preston Street.  When they arrived they found Kenneth Earl Sutton of S. Sumner Street, Selma suffering from several gunshot wounds.

Initially police thought Sutton had been shot three times.  However, doctors determined he had been shot a total of 5 times.  Sutton underwent emergency surgery at WakeMed and at last report was in stable condition.

On Tuesday, Police Chief W.M. Thomas said detectives have identified 51 year-old Bruce Wayne Johnson of Smithfield as a person of interest in the shooting of Kenneth Earl Sutton.  Johnson is described as a black male, 5 foot 6, 140 pounds. His last known address was on Towbridge Drive in Smithfield.

Chief Thomas said Bruce Wayne Johnson should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact the Selma Police Department at 919-965-8189. Callers may remain anonymous.

Police are still investigating a motive behind the shooting. Both the victim and suspect reportedly knew one another.

In June 2006, Smithfield Police arrested Johnson after he struck three people with his car in the parking lot of Smithfield Billiards on South Brightleaf Boulevard.  Two of the three victims were seriously injured.  Police said an exchange of words between Johnson and one of the female victims apparently sparked the incident during which Johnson was stabbed. He got behind the wheel of his car then struck the 3 pedestrians.  Johnson was later convicted and sentenced to 4 years in prison.

Photos by John Payne