A Bassmaster Opens angler in Jackson for a regional tournament is dead after a shooting at a Jackson motel.
Jimmy Johnson, murdered by a black male in 86 percent Jackson, MS (home of a mayor who advocates for "New Afrika" in the South)
Bass Anglers Sportsman Society confirmed Monday that the 56-year-old man fatally shot Sunday was bass angler Jimmy Johnson. Johnson was in Jackson to compete in the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open tournament on the Ross Barnett Reservoir, which is scheduled to begin Thursday.
Johnson was staying with his wife at Motel 6 on Frontage Road near I-55. Jackson Police Department spokeswoman Colendula Green said the department received a call related to the shooting at 7:48 p.m. Sunday. She said Monday afternoon that the investigation was still ongoing.
Jackson police are looking for a male suspect who appeared on security camera footage.
Chris Bowes, senior tournament manager for the Bassmaster Opens, said a friend of Johnson discovered someone burglarizing his boat. The shooting took place shortly thereafter.
“There was some sort of violent altercation near his hotel room door,” Bowes said.Johnson’s wife was not injured in the altercation.
“Jimmy was a terrific angler, as he has shown through the Bassmaster Opens,” Bowes said. “More than that, he was a tremendous guy. He will be deeply missed.”
Johnson, of Ganado, Texas, was 11th in Central Open standings after two events this year. The top five anglers from each of three open divisions qualify for the elite series. Johnson was in the top 5 percent of the nearly 200 fishermen who have competed in the central division this year, according to Bowes.
Johnson entered the final open event of the season with a chance to qualify for the highest division in 2014.
|Surveillance footage from the Motel 6 where Johnson was murdered; an unidentified 'Son of Obama' pictured above, is a suspect, and a soldier in the army of 'New Afrika'|
When news of Jimmy Johnson’s death spread through the bass angling world, it sent waves of fear and sadness.
Johnson, 56, of Ganado, Texas, was shot and killed Sunday at a Jackson motel after someone was reported to have been burglarizing his boat. He was in town to compete in the Bassmaster Central Open bass tournament, which is scheduled to begin Thursday on the Ross Barnett Reservoir.
“I hate that it happened, and I feel for his family,” said Bassmaster Elite Series angler Pete Ponds of Madison. “He was one of the nicer guys on the tour.”Like Johnson, Ponds spends a lot of time traveling and said the tragedy hit home. “I think about my wife and family and me being on the road all the time.”
The tournament trail leads to many cities that anglers are unfamiliar with and puts some at risk. “We kind of put ourselves in places that we wouldn’t normally put ourselves,” said Bassmaster Open angler Jeff Roberts of Brandon. “We travel to a lot of places that we don’t know, just like Jimmy didn’t know Jackson. It could have happened to any of us.”
Roberts said the choices in hotels while away at tournaments are not always the best. He explained that anglers are looking for a budget-friendly place to recharge their trolling motor batteries and get a night’s sleep, not fancy furnishings and room service. Price is a factor because anglers are sometimes away from home for weeks at a time.
“We’re just trying to watch our bottom line; we don’t have extra money to spend on nicer hotels,” said Roberts. “Most of them are not places I would stay with my family or while I was on business.”
Laurel resident Paul Elias, a Bassmaster Elite Series angler who has been on the tour more than 30 years, said he and others often stay in smaller, cheaper motels to save money. “I guess we may not need to do that anymore,” he said.
With boats, trucks and gear that can easily top $100,000, Elias said he has always been concerned about his property but never feared for his life. “We worry about our boats and tackle getting ripped off, but we don’t expect to get shot,” Elias said.His expectations are now different. Elias said because of Johnson’s death and the changing world it signals, he is reluctantly thinking about carrying a gun. “I’ve never carried a weapon, but that almost forces you to,” he said.
"Jimmy is a great guy. You know, he was just a real friendly guy...always willing to help. Just one of those special people, you know, that loved bass fishing just like the rest of us," said Madison County resident and Bassmaster Elite Series Fisherman Pete Ponds.
"They had the Bassmaster Classic here one time. I hope that this doesn't put a bad spotlight on Mississippi, and that's all we can do is hope," said Ponds.
Sorry Hank Williams Jr., a country-boy can't survive in Jackson, Mississippi in 2013, not in a city powered by the political winds creating "New Afrika."