A man who was targeted by shooters for the second time in a month was able to identify a shooting suspect for detectives, according to a report released by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
The victim, 30-year-old Jatavius Macklongs, of Belle Glade, escaped what could have been a deadly attack on Sept. 5, in the area of Northwest Avenue L and State Road 715 in Belle Glade. The man had been driving in the area when his car was struck by gunfire.
The victim told detectives that a gold colored car, with clear glass windows, approached his car just before the shooting. Looking at the vehicle, the victim noticed a passenger seated behind the driver reaching through an open window with what appeared to be a black handgun. The suspect reportedly started firing in his direction, striking the car on the driver’s door, steering wheel, and driver’s side rear tire and bumper.
The victim sustained light injuries from glass shattering amid the gunfire and drove to a safe location, where he dialed 911.
The victim told deputies he could recognize the shooter out of a lineup, if necessary, and knew the man only as “Blackie.” The victim added that the person who shot at him on Sept. 5 also was behind a similar shooting attack just two weeks prior. Since that shooting, friends of the victim showed him pictures of the shooting suspect from social media.
Deputies searched a criminal database for matches and came up with person by the name of Donelle Johnson, 22, of Belle Glade. Johnson, a convicted felon, was last arrested in 2012 on charges of aggravated battery with a firearm.
Shown a lineup of potential suspects, the victim was able to pick out Johnson as the man behind the shooting.
Johnson now faces charges of discharging a firearm from a vehicle, felon in possession of a firearm, shooting into an occupied vehicle, and aggravated assault with a firearm. His total bond is set at $100,000.