Motive Info about Doctors Hospital Shooting Suspect

Mar. 28, 2008

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM)-- Columbus Police have released new information about the suspect's history and a possible motive behind yesterday's shooting spree at Doctors Hospital.

Muscogee County School District Officials confirmed to News Leader 9 that Charles Johnston was a teacher's aide at Rothschild Junior High from September of 1973 to December of 1973 after which he resigned.

Then in March 1997, they say Johnston enrolled in a substitute training class. He is last listed as a school district employee in May of 2007 as a substitute teacher.

Police say they do not know of any other jobs Johnston may have had since then.

Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren did describe a possible motive.

"He held a grudge against Pete because he believed Pete to be an individual who did not take good enough care of his Momma when she was in the hospital," Boren said.

We spoke to some of Johnston's neighbors today to find out more about him. They say he would greet them in passing but never socialized with anyone there.

Darryl Ford has lived on the same street as Johnston for twenty years.

"He good people. I don't know what made him click. He always stick to himself," said Ford.

Ford said even though he didn't know Johnston very well, he does remember how committed to he and his brother were to their mother. Police say she passed away at Doctor's hospital in 2004.

"They love their Momma and came everyday- him and his brother..everyday. There was never a day they missed," Ford added.

Police say they are not aware of any mental illness in Johnston's medical background.

Chief Boren says police also aren't aware of any lawsuits Johnston may have filed against the hospital for the care of his mother.