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Man accused of shooting homes, vehicles in Louisville’s East End

Published: Jun. 18, 2021 at 8:26 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 18, 2021 at 11:28 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – A man allegedly stole a vehicle then fired shots at homes and drivers in Louisville’s east end.

Officers were called to a report of a holdup at Cloud 9 Smoke Shop, located at 10511 Fischer Park Drive, at 8:50 p.m. Thursday. Witnesses told police a man, identified as Jonathan Lawson, 28, went into the shop and had a small handgun. He demanded everyone lay on the ground then went through a victim’s pockets and took the keys to their vehicle.

Police said he told everyone inside the shop not to move or he would kill them, then left in the vehicle, a Range Rover.

Around 9:30 p.m., an arrest slip states Lawson fired shots into a home on Tazwell Drive. One of the bullets allegedly went through a kitchen window and almost hit someone. A second bullet went through the front door and hit a closet. He then fired shots into a home where three people were inside on Loudoun Trace. The shots damaged a window, two walls and the ceiling, police said.

Shortly after, Lawson allegedly shot at a vehicle on Accomack Drive, which caused the vehicle to be inoperable.

Around 10 p.m., a person driving on Shenandoah Drive said Lawson fired and hit their vehicle twice, which caused more than $1,000 worth of damage.

Around midnight, as he was driving home in Norton Commons, Joe Leavell stopped when someone fired what he thought might have been fireworks at his landscaping truck.

It was later discovered to be a bullet.

Leavell then confronted Lawson in an SUV parked next to Norton Commons Elementary.

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“Then he put his car into drive and rammed into my truck,” Leavell said. “Just like Grand Theft Auto, like a video game.”

Leavell then escaped with his life, as he said Lawson began loading a handgun.

Around 12:45 a.m., Lawson tried to get into a vehicle on Kings Crown Drive. When the victim went out to see why Lawson was outside an arrest slip states he fired shots at the victim.

Wesley Williams heard the shots and called the police.

“And I said ‘oh my gosh he’s shooting at my neighbor,’” Williams said. “And he ran across the parking lot. About two minutes later another jogger was coming by. And when that jogger was coming by, he shot at that guy three times.”

Both Williams’ neighbor and the jogger escaped unharmed.

Lawson was taken into custody around 1:45 a.m. Friday near Sleepy Hollow Golf Course.

Police said he was on video taking the firearm he used from a vehicle in the 4000 block of Champions Trace Lane.

Below is the complete timeline of Lawson’s actions, according to investigators.

  • 8:50 p.m.
    • 10511 Fischer Park Drive (Cloud 9 Smoke Shop) — This is where Lawson used a stolen handgun to hold up the shop. He stole car keys from a customer and took off in his Range Rover.
  • 9:30 p.m.
    • 11615 Tazwell Drive — Lawson drives to an apartment complex where he shot up a home, hitting a residence twice. A man inside was nearly hit with a bullet.
  • 9:35 p.m.
    • 11347 Loudoun Trace — Lawson drove to another residential area and fired three shots at a home.
  • 9:45 p.m.
    • Accomack Drive — Lawson shot at a car, disabling it.
  • 10 p.m.
    • Shenandoah Drive — – Lawson shoots at an SUV with people inside. No one was hurt.
  • 10:10 p.m.
    • Security video and witnesses say Lawson was at Norton Commons between 10:10 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.
  • After midnight, Lawson was arrested at the Sleepy Hollow Golf Course.

At least nine cases are pending against Lawson. He is facing charges of wanton endangerment, criminal mischief, robbery, theft by unlawful taking, leaving the scene of an accident, operating on a suspended license

He is scheduled to appear in court on June 19.

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