Lafayette man booked in Friday shooting injury, accused of beating witness _lowres

Gerald Johnson

A Lafayette man is accused of shooting a man early Friday and then beating up a witness to the crime.

Police booked Gerald Johnson, 43, on a count of attempted second-degree murder and felon in possession of a firearm after he confessed to the shooting and beating, according to an affidavit for his arrest.

Johnson claimed the victim had fired at him with a revolver, leading him to fetch his own semi-automatic handgun and return fire four or five times, the affidavit states. Johnson then said he beat a witness to the crime “about the head approximately 10 times with a closed fist,” according to the affidavit.

The man was shot in the stomach around 1:23 a.m. Friday in the 500 block of Berlin Drive and taken to a Lafayette hospital for treatment, according to a news release from the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Johnson remained in the Lafayette Parish jail on Friday afternoon. Bond had not been set.