Kent woman's death from 1998 gunshot injury now a homicide

Kent woman's death from 1998 gunshot injury now a homicide

Credit: Washington State Department of Corrections

Lakeesha LaShawn Johnson in 1999

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on November 15, 2011 at 7:57 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 15 at 4:01 PM

KENT, Wash. – A woman who was shot 13 years ago died of her injuries last week. Her death has now been ruled a homicide by the medical examiner.

Kent police say Lakeesha LaShawn Johnson, 34, was found dead in her residence on November 8.

The King County Sheriff's Office said the shooting happened Nov. 29, 1998 outside Skyway Bowl in Seattle. Johnson was in the front seat of a car parked outside the bowling alley. A passenger in the back seat fired a shot that struck Johnson in the back.

Kent police originally said the shooting happened in 1996.

The medical examiner’s office Tuesday said Johnson was shot in the spine and was paralyzed. That led to what coroners called “multiple chronic pressure ulcers," which are basically bed sores, which got infected. They would not say if a bullet was still lodged in her body when she died.

Johnson had a criminal record.

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