Nevada City man charged with attempted murder |

Nevada City man charged with attempted murder

Robert Asa Johnson
Submitted to The Union |

A reportedly accidental shooting in Nevada City on Sunday morning sent one man to a Roseville hospital, and one man to jail on attempted murder charges.

Nevada City Police officers were dispatched to a residence in the 500 block of Uren Street at about 9 a.m., and arrived to find a man with a gunshot wound to the left arm, said Officer Shane Franssen.

The victim, who was not being identified, said he was at the property to split some wood for the woman who owns the property, when he began arguing with her son, who lives on the property in an RV, Franssen said.

The victim reportedly owed the son — identified as Robert Asa Johnson, 52 — money.

Johnson began yelling at the victim to get off the property, then leveled a double-barreled 12-gauge shotgun at him, Franssen said.

He reportedly pointed the shotgun at the victim, then swung it away and fired, hitting the victim in the left elbow.

Johnson fled the scene and hid the shotgun in the rafters of an outhouse on the property, Franssen said.

The property was searched with the assistance of Grass Valley Police and Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies, and Johnson was located and taken into custody.

He was booked into county jail on suspicion of attempted murder and is being held without bail.

The victim sustained a “pretty substantial” injury and was flown by helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where he has undergone several surgeries.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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