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Lavar Johnson shot during Independence Day celebration

Strikeforce heavyweight Lavar "Big" Johnson was one of five victims shot Sunday afternoon during a family reunion and Independence Day celebration in Bakersfield, California.

Johnson was shot in the abdomen and transported with three others to the hospital, while one passed away on the scene from multiple gunshot wounds, according to a Bakersfield Police Department news release.

Police investigation determined that the shooter was a black male in his late teens and possibly accompanied by another black male and a black female in their late teens. The shooter "suddenly brandished a semi-automatic handgun and began to indiscriminately discharge the weapon multiple times into the crowd striking all of the victims," the report stated.

Police said they were called at 12:34 p.m. for a possible assault with a firearm near the intersection of First street and T. The celebration was held at a residence in the 200 block of T street.

Johnson (12-3) has stopped his last five opponents before any entered the second round, and in his most recent fight, on May 15 at the first-ever ShoMMA, knocked out Carl Seumanutafa in 18 seconds.

Johnson was next scheduled to fight at a Strikeforce event on August 15 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. He was in talks to face PRIDE and EliteXC veteran James Thompson.