Jets running back Chris Johnson, soon to become a free agent, was shot in the shoulder during a drive-by shooting early Sunday morning in Orlando, Florida, according to a statement released by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
One of Johnson’s friends was killed in the shooting, according to the statement.
Around 4:09 a.m., Johnson and two friends were stopped at a red light at the intersection of Southland Boulevard and Orange Blossom Trail, the statement said. An unknown vehicle pulled up beside the Jeep they were driving in and shots were fired.
The statement said that when deputies arrived on the scene they found the driver of the Jeep, Dreekins Oriko, dead and Johnson and another occupant, Reggie Johnson, on the sidewalk with gunshot wounds. Reggie Johnson was shot in the shoulder, hand and leg.
The 29-year-old running back, who is set to become a free agent on Tuesday, was taken to a nearby hospital and is in stable condition, police said.
The Jets announced on Feb. 14 that they would not be picking up Johnson’s option for the 2015 season, a move that will save them $3.5 million in salary-cap space.
After six years with the Titans, which included a 2,006-yard season in 2009,
Johnson signed a two-year, $8-million deal with the Jets in April 2014. He came to the team expecting to be a major contributor on offense, but he never was a focal point of the offense. He rushed for 663 yards and one touchdown on 155 carries and caught 24 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown.
He was arrested in Orlando on Jan. 9 and charged with “open carrying of weapons/firearms,” according to police.