OVERLAND, Mo. — UPDATE: A family member of a teenager shot and killed outside a McDonald's in Overland told 5 On Your Side that an arrest has been made in the case. Police confirmed Thursday morning a person has been arrested, but no charges have been filed yet.

Below is the story as reported Tuesday night


OVERLAND, Mo. — A teen has died after being shot outside a McDonald’s in St. Louis County.

Police and paramedics responded around 7:15 p.m. on Monday to the fast food restaurant at Page Avenue and Ashby Road in Overland.

He's been identified as 18-year-old Justice Devaun Johnson, of Herculaneum, Missouri.

Johnson attended Festus High School from his freshman year to the beginning of his junior year. He was a former quarterback of the Festus football team.

Emergency crews tried to save his life, but he died on the way to the hospital.

Justice’s uncle, Arty Justice, described his nephew as incredibly caring.

Justice Devaun Johnson
He's been identified as 18-year-old Justice Devaun Johnson, of Herculaneum, Missouri.
Family photo

“If you've ever seen a philosopher as a child, Justice was that. He could turn a bad situation into beauty. He loved to do art, he loved football, and he wanted to go to the Navy. So tomorrow I was going to take him to the Navy and sign him up, after high school,” his uncle said.

Arty said Justice went to McDonald's after visiting his grandmother in the hospital.

“We were in the hospital with my mother the day it happened and he was here the entire day, making her feel beautiful," Arty said.

It was the last time Arty got to give his nephew a hug.

“Right before he left this room, he looked at me and said 'Uncle, I'll be back,' and I said 'Where are you going, nephew?' and he said 'I'll be back,' and I just hugged him and that's the last time I seen him.”

The Major Case Squad responded and has taken over the investigation with 16 investigators working on the incident.

The Major Case Squad is seeking any information from the community to assist in identifying those responsible. 

Anyone with information should contact the Major Case Squad CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-8477.

The family has created a GoFundMe page to help pay for funeral expenses.