NORTH PORT, Fla.- Police have arrested Katrelle D'Mario Johnson, 19, of 1220 Waycross Street in North Port, in connection with a shooting that took place in March of this year. Johnson was already in jail regarding a separate shooting when police discovered that he was involved in the shooting of Manatee School For the Arts teacher, Kenneth Ellis.
On March 29, 2011 at approximately 10:15 p.m., Officers of the North Port Police Department responded to 2565 Albren Street in North Port in reference to a shooting. On arrival officers found Ellis, 61, on the ground with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the his upper torso.
Mr. Ellis was rushed to Sarasota Memorial Hospital in North Port where he was pronounced deceased.
Mr. Ellis's wife was home at the time of the shooting and reported that the door bell rang and no one was seen outside. When Mr. Ellis opened the door, he was shot and two unknown subjects wearing all dark and masks ran from the area.
Neighbors reported that a dark colored 4-door sedan was seen leaving the area.
According to Mrs. Ellis, nothing was said between the perpetrators and her husband.
Police say Johnson saw the Mrs. Ellis through her window on the computer, when he and another suspect decided to rob her. The second person has not been named and police will not release further information at this time. But Johnson did lead police to the gun, and they say he was the shooter.
This is not a gang initiation, instead it has been deemed a random act. The suspects happened to be driving by, thought the house looked nice and that Mrs. Ellis was home alone.
Mrs. Ellis is currently out of the country and told WINK she's glad there is closure, but misses her husband. Ellis said she is spending time in therapy to recover from what she saw the night.