POLICE REQUEST PUBLIC'S HELP IN SLAYING OF SYLMAR MAN.
Police said Friday they have few leads into the slaying of a 26-year-old Sylmar man who was shot while driving on Glenoaks Boulevard near Brand Avenue.
Michael Ryan Johnson was found slumped over the wheel of his Mustang that had crashed into a wall after the Thursday night shooting, which police believe may have been sparked by a traffic dispute.
Lt. Rico Castro said that he hopes the public will come forward to fill in the missing pieces of the case.
``We are asking for the public's help about a traffic dispute between a black Mustang and any other vehicles on Glenoaks Boulevard'' near Brand Avenue, Castro said.
``We're investigating all possibilities,'' Castro said. ``But it's likely that it was some sort of dispute on the road involving moving vehicles.''
Johnson's longtime girlfriend - worried when her boyfriend didn't show two hours after he told her he was making a fast-food stop and coming home - drove onto the crime scene and was told that he had been killed.
The pair had planned to become engaged this weekend.
``We both knew we were going to get married,'' Christine Sasner, 20, recalled Friday through tears. ``Justice has to be served, because he deserves it. I just want to find out who did this.''
Johnson's father, Roy, said he planned to turn over the business he operated for 22 years in San Fernando to his son - one of three he raised with his wife in Sylmar.
``He lived for me. My love was his love,'' Roy Johnson said of the specialty auto business the pair had crafted. ``He said, `Dad, I'm never going to leave you.' ''
Witnesses told police that someone fired several shots from another car near the intersection of Glenoaks and Brand Boulevard. Police did not release a vehicle description.
Sasner said Johnson was shot once, the bullet entering his body under his right arm. She said police told her they believe Johnson drove about one-half block before his car crashed.
A coroner's official said Johnson was pronounced dead at 8:39 p.m. Thursday at Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills. An autopsy was pending.
Photo: (1) Frankie Johnson, mother of slain motorist Mic hael Ryan Johnson, 26, hugs a friend as the victim's girlfriend, Christine Sasner, 20, grieves his death Thursday in San Fernando.
(2) Christine Sasner is held by Michael Ryan Johnson in a high school prom photo.
Hans Gutknecht / Daily News
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|Date:||May 11, 1996|
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