A man opened fire on a rival gang, killing an innocent public works employee. Now, he will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
A judge in Alabama recently sentenced Patrick Johnson to life without the possibility of parole for killing Justin Mooney in 2018. He was previously convicted of capital murder, two counts of attempted murder and shooting into an occupied vehicle, according to the Mobile, Alabama, District Attorney.
Mooney, 29, was a public works employee for Mobile and he graduated from Vigor High School.
Myles Caples was also charged in connection to the death, but the status of his case was unclear.
Johnson and Caples were both gang members and the two opened fire on rival gang members, according to WKRG. Mooney, an innocent bystander, was shot and killed in the incident.
He was outside his mother’s driveway when he was shot and killed.
Johnson had an earlier dispute with one of the victims of the attempted murder, according to WKRG.
Shortly after the shooting Mooney’s family members spoke at a vigil about how amazing of a man he was, WKRG reported.
“He did everything he could for his Mom, his brother, his sisters, his nieces, his nephews, he’s going to be well missed,” Mooney’s Aunt Dorothia DeLoach told the TV station in 2018.
“I heard he went to work that day, came out here again just to check on his Mom and to do what he needed to do for her,” she said.
Despite the shooting, DeLoach said that Mooney would always be with them — always looking over them.
“He might be flying over us right now, looking down, Momma it’s going to be alright,” DeLoach said, according to WKRG. “It’s going to be alright, Momma.”