Ex-Premier League star shot in ‘drive by attack’ in Jamaica

Jermaine Johnson, who made 12 Premier League appearances for Bolton, is recovering in hospital after being shot in Jamaica.

Johnson was struck in the abdomen in Jamaica’s capital Kingston and is now recovering in hospital, according to the Jamaica Observer.

The report states that Johnson, who is described as being in a serious but stable condition, was one of three individuals to be shot along with netball player Nicole Henry and another man known only as 'Fidel'.

It is said that police believe the incident is related to an ongoing gang feud.

A car allegedly drove up to the trio, who were sitting together in a group, before opening fire.

Despite being 40, Johnson still played football, representing Tivoli Gardens in the Red Stripe Premier League in his homeland.

His Tivoli Gardens manager Phillip Williams said that goalkeeper Edsel 'Robbie' Scott had been in contact with Johnson in hospital.

“It doesn't make sense," Williams said. "We rushed there [to the hospital] in this time of pandemic but Robbie was there and he said Teddy (Johnson's nickname) was talking, which was good. We wish him the best."

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Johnson started his career at Tivoli Gardens before heading to Bolton on loan between 2001 and 2003.

He then had loan spells lower down the English league at Oldham before moving to Bradford on a permanent deal in 2006.

After 18 months at Bradford, Johnson signed for Sheffield Wednesday for £250,000 in January 2007.

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He helped the Owls to promotion to the Championship during his seven years at the club, establishing himself as a fan favourite.

Johnson also made 73 appearances for Jamaica internationally, scoring 12 times.

Sheffield Wednesday posted on Twitter: "Following reports of an incident in Jamaica involving ex-Owl Jermaine Johnson, Sheffield Wednesday's thoughts are with JJ and wishing our former player a speedy recovery."

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