Suspect Charged in April Fatal Shooting at 1400 West Gulf Bank

October 16, 2008 - Houston police robbery and homicide investigators have identified and arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of a man at 1400 West Gulf Bank about 3:45 p.m. on April 5.

Leon Charles Johnson (b/m, DOB: 9-10-89) is in custody and charged with murder in the 182nd State District Court for his role in the killing of Blake Edward Lunde, 20, of Houston. Mr. Lunde suffered a gunshot wound to the back and was pronounced dead at the scene.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeants P. Munoz, M. Sosa and Officer L.R. Leon reported:

Mr. Lunde was driving a pickup truck with one passenger when they pulled into a gas station. Once there, they were approached by a female who drove up and accused Lunde of almost running over her child. Lunde’s passenger argued with the woman. At that time, five black males approached the passenger and one of the males punched the passenger. Another male tried to pull the passenger out of the truck. Lunde backed up the pickup and slowly drove through the parking lot. He then argued with the five males. One of the males (Johnson) ran across the street and came back with a gun. As Lunde drove from the store parking lot, Johnson was at the median on West Gulf Bank and shot at Lunde’s truck several times, killing Lunde inside.

A follow-up investigation resulted in identities of witnesses to the shooting. The witnesses provided information leading to the identification of Johnson as the shooter.

Johnson was already in jail, after an arrest on September 7 on an unrelated charge, when the murder charge was filed against him on Wednesday (Oct. 15).

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