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Archive for Saturday, December 8, 1990

SOLDIER CHARGED IN SHOOTING THAT INJURED FOOTBALL PLAYER

December 8, 1990

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A 24-year-old Fort Riley soldier was formally charged with a felony count of aggravated battery after he allegedly shot a Kansas University football player early Friday morning outside a Lawrence nightclub.

The soldier, Johnny White, made a first appearance in Douglas County District Court at 4 p.m. Friday.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Thursday for White, who is accused of shooting the player, Khristopher Booth, 18, outside Pizazz nightclub, 901 Miss.

Booth suffered a minor chest injury and was treated at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Booth, a freshman lineman from Detroit who was red-shirted this season, was admitted to the hospital for observation. Later in the day on Friday he was released, a hospital representative said.

Police reported that two groups of patrons at the club began arguing about closing time.

As of this morning, reports about the incident were still incomplete and it wasn't clear what the argument was about, police said.

Police said the groups were separated in the club, then left the building.

However, the argument resumed outside Pizazz. Booth, who apparently was not a member of the two arguing groups, tried to break up the argument and was shot.

A .25-caliber handgun was recovered near the club.

While interviewing witnesses at about 3 a.m. Friday, police said, officers identified White as a suspect.

Lawrence police then called Fort Riley officials and asked them to notify the Lawrence Police Department if White returned to the post.

Later, White called police himself. White, who was at Perkins Restaurant, 1711 W. 23rd, surrendered and told officers they could pick him up at the restaurant. He was booked into jail at 5:35 a.m. Friday.

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