Information Released About The Weapons Used in Doctor's Hospital Shooting

Mar. 28, 2008

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM)-- News Leader 9 has learned more about the shooting suspect, 63 year-old Charles Johnston.

He was released from the Columbus Regional Medical Center Friday afternoon and transferred to the Public Safety Building.

Police tells News Leader 9 that Johnston was processed and booked at the Muscogee County Jail. Johnston has been charged with 3 counts of murder, 4 counts of aggravated assault on an officer, 1 count of aggravated assault on a civilian, and 1 count of possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime.

Police have also released new information about the weapons used in yesterday's shooting spree at Doctor's Hospital and how the suspect may have gotten his hands on them.

Columbus Police say Charles Johnston took 3 weapons into the hospital- a 9milimeter, a 380 caliber weapon and a 32 caliber weapon along with extra ammunition and bullets.

Chief Boren says Johnston entered the hospital unnoticed with the weapons and extra bullets.

"One of the weapons was in a jacket pocket, one of them was in a pants pocket and one of them was in a waistband. They were hidden from view at the time he entered the hospital," Boren added.

Boren says Johnston does have a pistol permit.

"The pistol permit is for the person to carry the weapon- any weapon so we're still doing a follow up on the purchase of those weapons and the paper trail is still being done," he said.

Police say they searched Johnston's home on 5th avenue last night and did not find any other weapons.

"We didn't have anything other than the obituary from his mother's death that we located there in the house," said Boren.

Chief Boren says the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearm Division will be providing all of the documentation on when and where Johnston allegedly bought the three weapons.

He says that paperwork does take time but when News Leader 9 asked him if there was a limit on the number of handguns a person can purchase at one time, he said no.

News Leader 9 will continue to bring you the latest information on this developing story.