A Mistaken Identity May Have Been a Factor in Racine Labor Day Shooting

Sept. 12, 2023 4:50p

(WGTD)---The shooting death of 58-year-old Willie Henderson Jr. in Racine on Labor Day may have been a case of mistaken identity.

31-year-old Tommy Johnson of Mt. Pleasant allegedly shot Henderson as he was backing out of a driveway on Victory Ave. late that night.

According to a criminal complaint, Johnson may have thought the car was being driven instead by the son of a resident. That resident told police that her son had a beef with the defendant over a female and had driven the car in question in the past.

 After purportedly firing several times through the windshield, Johnson allegedly trained the gun on the woman’s home and fired three more shots. One bullet traveled through the living room, entered the kitchen and exited through a window. The woman said her two grandchildren were in the home at the time.

Johnson has been charged with 1st degree intentional homicide, endangering safety and possession of a firearm by an out-of-state felon. Johnson has a prior felony conviction in Cook County.

Bond for Johnson was set in Racine court Tuesday at $500,000.