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South Hill shooting suspect held on $1 million bond

Witnesses saw Diandre R. Johnson before and after a shooting on the South Hill Tuesday night, and several told police he was angry and threatening to kill someone.

Johnson, 18, appeared in court Thursday and was ordered held in the Spokane County Jail on $1 million bond on a charge of attempted murder.

A group of teens was walking in Manito Park around 8 p.m. when they encountered Johnson and his suspected accomplice, whom they knew from school. Both were wearing hooded sweatshirts with the hoods up and Johnson appeared agitated, according to court documents. One witness told police Johnson told her “I’m about to kill somebody.” Several of the teens were so concerned they called 911 to report the encounter.

The victim of the shooting, identified as Julien Sather, told police he had pulled his truck into a parking lot at East 13th Avenue and South Cowley Street to smoke a cigarette. He said two people he didn’t know approached him and demanded his money. He told police he was shot through the open driver’s-side window as he attempted to drive away, court documents say.

Sather went into the nearby 7-Eleven for help and later identified Johnson from a photograph. Another witness told police he heard a gunshot and then saw Johnson, whom he knows, run past the 7-Eleven with his accomplice.

Police found a “large” bag of marijuana in Sather’s truck, according to court documents.

The suspected accomplice has been identified by police but not located. The grandfather of the second suspect said his grandson called him and said he and Johnson had planned to meet Sather to buy marijuana but Johnson pulled a gun and demanded the marijuana instead, according to court documents. He told his grandfather that he didn’t know Johnson intended to rob or shoot Sather.

Johnson turned himself in to police on Wednesday but has refused to give a statement about the shooting, according to court documents.

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