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Chris Johnson, Jets running back, in stable condition after being shot

Jets running back Chris Johnson talks to reporters

Jets running back Chris Johnson talks to reporters during training camp in Cortland on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Credit: Hans Pennink

Jets running back Chris Johnson was shot in the shoulder during a drive-by shooting early Sunday morning in Orlando, Florida, according to a statement released by the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

One of Johnson's friends was killed in the shooting, the Sheriff's Office said.

At 4:09 a.m., Johnson and two friends were stopped at a red light at the intersection of Southland Boulevard and Orange Blossom Trail, the statement said. An unknown vehicle pulled up beside the Jeep they were driving in and shots were fired.

The statement said that when deputies arrived at the scene, they found the driver of the Jeep, Dreekins Oriko, dead and Johnson and another occupant, Reggie Johnson, on the sidewalk with gunshot wounds. Reggie Johnson was shot in the shoulder, hand and leg, police said. It was unclear whether he's related to Chris Johnson.

The 29-year-old running back, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent Tuesday, was taken to a nearby hospital and is in stable condition, police said.

Johnson had recently been training in Los Angeles with Fox Sports reporter and MMA trainer Jay Glazer, but left California to be with friends and family this weekend. According to, he was returning from a concert and heading to a recording studio when he and his friends were shot.

Police said they had made no arrests. Investigators are seeking information from anyone who may have witnessed the shooting.

The Jets announced on Feb. 14 that they would not pick up Johnson's option for the 2015 season, a move that will save them $3.5 million in salary-cap space.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Chris and everyone impacted by this tragic event," the Jets said in a statement.

After six years with the Titans, which included a 2,006-yard season in 2009, Johnson signed a two-year, $8 million deal with the Jets in April 2014. He came to the team expecting to be a major contributor on offense, but he was never a focal point of the offense. He backed up Chris Ivory and rushed for 663 yards and one touchdown on 155 carries. He also caught 24 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown.

Earlier this year, Johnson was arrested in Orlando and charged with "open carrying of weapons/firearms," according to the Orlando Police Department. On Jan. 9, he was pulled over by police after allegedly failing to stop at a stop sign. When the officer approached his vehicle, he saw the handle of a firearm (an FN 5.7-mm) on the floor of Johnson's car and a Glock 9-mm was in a bag under his seat, police said.

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