JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – One day after a 15-year-old was shot and killed as she sat on the coach in a friend's northwest Jacksonville apartment, police announced the man suspected in the shooting has turned himself in.
Johnny Clint Lewis, 21, was arrested and charged with murder in the shooting death of 15-year-old Quamiee Russ, of White Springs, Fla.
The shooting took place just before 10 p.m. Saturday at the Hilltop Village Apartments in the 1600 block of West 45th Street.
Police said Lewis was in his girlfriend's apartment along with Russ, who was friends with Lewis's girlfriend, and two other women when the 15-year-old was shot in the head.
"There was absolutely no exchange of words, no argument or anything of that nature. Apparently, he had been in a back bedroom with the lease holder and he walked out and within seconds the lease holder heard a gunshot. This was also verified by the other two witnesses that were actually in the living room with the victim. He just shot her," said Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Lt. Pat Ivey.
Police called the slaying unprovoked.
"She was just sitting on the couch and she was shot. Witnesses they advised that there was no exchange of words or argument between Quamiee and the suspect, 21-year-old Johnny Lewis," Ivey said.
According to investigators, Lewis and Russ did not have much of a relationship and it's not clear why Lewis shot the girl.
Police told Channel 4 they believe Lewis and his girlfriend may have been discussing something about money in the back room of the apartment, but they did not elaborate on the discussion.
Russ had been living in Jacksonville off and on for the past year, according to police.
"It's sad. It's really sad," said Russ's cousin, Destiny. "She was a good person. Living a normal child life, I guess. She was -- I just can't talk about it. I'm going to break down."
Lewis was arrested on murder charges Sunday and was being held without bond.