A Greenwood resident who was shot multiple times inside a Winona restaurant Sunday remains hospitalized in Jackson.

After being shot four times while eating breakfast with his wife at the Waffle House in Winona, Taurice Johnson, 40, was taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center, according to Capt. Dan Herod, chief investigator for the Winona Police Department. Herod said Johnson was being treated in the intensive care unit.

Johnson was shot in the side, the leg and the back, the Winona Times newspaper reported.  

“The Police Department received a call 3:30 Sunday morning about a shooting, and the call stated that one man had been shot,” Herod said.

Officers made contact with Johnson at the scene and briefly interviewed him before MedStat whisked him to the Holiday Inn Express, according to the Winona Times. He was then airlifted by helicopter to UMMC.  

Winona resident Dekendric Adair, 28, was arrested in connection with the shooting around 9 a.m. at a residence in Winona and was charged with aggravated assault, Herod said.

About 15 to 20 other people were inside the Waffle House during the shooting, but no one else was hit, Herod said. A .380-caliber handgun was used, but the weapon was not recovered by law enforcement, the Winona Times reported.

An investigation, which included interviews with witnesses and a review of security footage, led to the identification of Adair as the suspect, Herod said.

He said that Johnson was the target of the shooting and that the police department is still trying to determine a motive.

Adair is being held at the Carroll-Montgomery Regional Correctional Facility on $500,000 bond. He will have a preliminary hearing Thursday morning at Winona Municipal Court, Herod said.

Contact Gerard Edic at 581-7239 or gedic@gwcommonwealth.com.

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