Portage, FBI join with Gary to investigate beauty shop killing
by Lori Caldwell firstname.lastname@example.org | 648-3258 December 14, 2012 4:26PM
Antoinetta Johnson. Shot and killed at her business in Gary Thursday December 13, 2012. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media ptmet
Updated: January 16, 2013 6:08AM
GARY — On the theory that Antoinetta Johnson’s death is related to her role in the homicide of a Portage man, Portage police and the FBI have joined with Gary investigators to examine both cases.
Johnson, 32, was shot to death at point-blank range Thursday afternoon as she worked in her hair salon, Visions of Beauty.
Her statement to Portage police led to murder charges against Dontaye Singletary and Sheaurice Major, accused of killing Carl Griffith Sr., 72, on Nov. 1 outside his home.
Court records filed against Singletary and Major suggest much of Portage’s case was built on Johnson’s eyewitness account.
In exchange for her information, Johnson was not charged in Griffith’s death.
After her arrest, Major denied involvement in the homicide. Griffith was a driver for Affordable Towing, a company she owns with her estranged husband, Ronnie Major, who was recently released from prison.
Singletary surrendered to Gary police days after he was charged. Although he spoke to Gary investigators, it is unknown if Portage detectives were able to obtain a statement from him.
Johnson was at work in her shop about 1 p.m. Thursday when a gunman walked into the business and fired three times at Johnson, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
The shooter left the salon, located across the street from the Public Safety Facility. Police have a vague description of a black man of medium height and build, wearing a hooded sweatshirt.
Johnson admitted she introduced Singletary to Major. Major had asked Johnson to help find someone who would hurt Griffith.