FORT PIERCE, FL– The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office says the 27-year-old man who was wanted for questioning in a Martin Luther King Day shooting is innocent.
Frederick Johnson Jr. was cleared in the shooting death of 29-year-old Nikkitia Bryant who was attending a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade with her son on Monday at Ilous Ellis Park.
Witnesses say rival gangs began shooting during the family-friendly event and Bryant was caught in the crossfire.
Johnson turned himself in on Wednesday after finding out he was a person of interest in the fatal shooting.
Authorities say that after speaking to Johnson they realized he was not the suspect.
It was not said how authorities determined that Johnson was not their suspect, but several people left comments under his photo on the Sheriff’s office Facebook page stating that he was not at the event.
While Johnson is no longer a person of interest in the shooting, he is being held without bond at the St. Lucie County Jail due to a felony warrant.