Woman shot, killed while working at Gary beauty salon
by Lori Caldwell email@example.com | 648-3258 December 13, 2012 2:00PM
Family members Keona Brewer (second from left) and Keisha Johnson (center), and former co-worker Vivian Hotchkins (right), in hat) watch as they body of Antoinetta Johnson is removed from Visions of Beauty salon in the 5th Avenue Plaza in Gary, Ind. Thursday December 13, 2012. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 15, 2013 11:31AM
GARY — Family and friends of Antoinetta Johnson gathered outside her beauty salon Thursday afternoon as police gathered evidence in her shooting death.
Johnson, 34, of Hammond, was shot and killed inside her salon, Visions of Beauty, about 1 p.m.
Police said a lone gunman walked into the business, located across the street from the Public Safety Facility, and fired three shots from a handgun.
Johnson died instantly.
There were no signs the shooting was motived by robbery. The suspect was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and is described as a black man, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, medium build with a medium complexion, police said.
Lt. Del Stout agreed Johnson’s death may be related to her role in the murder-for-hire of Carl Griffith Sr. outside his Portage home last month.
Griffith, an employee of Affordable Towing in Gary, was a close associate of towing company owner Ronnie Major, who was recently released from prison. Major and his wife are divorcing.
Major’s wife, Sheaurice Major, is charged with hiring Dontaye Singletary to kill Griffith.
Johnson cooperated in the investigation, telling Portage police that Sheaurice Major was her friend and that they’d spent “girly-girl” nights together, Porter County court records state.
She said Major asked her to find someone to hurt Griffith.
Johnson contacted Singletary, then drove him to Portage, heard gunshots while she waited, then drove him away from the scene, court records state.
Sheaurice Major and Singletary are charged with murder. Johnson was not charged in the crime in exchange for her cooperation.
Anyone with information about her death can call Stout at 881-7439 or Sgt. Larry Robertson 881-7545.