Amy Thistle Johnson (Amy Portage) a medical caretaker who was perceived and talked at the Conservative Public Show in August, has been named as a suspect in a West Virginia shooting. WSAZ detailed that Passage is charged by the Williamson Police with malignant injuring in the shooting of Jonda Whitt in Williamson, West Virginia.
She is 39-years-old.
Vinson Street Shooting
The outlet first reported that the shooting took place on Thursday evening at around 5 p.m. on Vinson Street. The relationship between the two women involved has not been made public at this time.
The suspect is listed by the police as Amy Thorn, but she is also known as Amy Johnson or by her maiden name Amy Ford and she is the same woman who was recognized at the Republican National Convention in August. Dotson confirmed her identity, telling WCHS, Amy is well-known around the area for her participation and going over to the RNC committee and a nurse that was helping out with the coronavirus and was on the front line.
The shooting victim, Whitt, has undergone surgery and Williamson police told WSAZ that she is expected to make a full recovery. Whitt was brought to Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center and was later airlifted to Pikeville Medical Center for surgery, according to the Mingo Messenger.
Williamson Police Chief Grady Dotson told WCHS, “Through the investigation we came to find out that two females got into a verbal argument, turning into one of the females getting a gun. She did shoot the victim one time in the abdomen area.” Johnson told police in a statement that she shot Whitt in self-defense.
Police also reported to the outlet that the gun used by Ford was legally registered and she did have a permit to carry it. According to the outlet, Ford was arraigned and released on a $5,000 bond.
Ford’s Facebook post about her deployment to Texas
Ford deployed to New York City at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in response to officials’ call for more health care professionals in that city. At the time, Ford told WSAZ, “I just felt like my services were needed more in New York than home at this time.
She was assigned to an intensive care unit in Brooklyn, “roughly about 630 beds, she told the outlet. “They had three intensive care units to start with, and they converted another area to a fourth intensive care unit to hold patients who are on ventilators. The rest of the hospital is primarily all COVID-19 patients.
Ford was honored for her work in New York City by U.S. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who named her a “Better Angel, referring to people who are helping their communities during the pandemic, WCHS reported. The video and press release from Manchin about Ford have both been removed from their official accounts.
Ford posted a video on Facebook in April sharing her experiences in New York City and urging people to socially distance. The emotional video was widely viewed and shared, with thousands of reactions and comments.
She also spoke to Trump after her speech and he asked her if she’d caught the virus. She said she hadn’t, and explained that the hospital had been providing her and fellow nurses with PPE and they hadn’t experienced a shortage. The full transcript of the speech and Trump’s introduction of Ford is available on the White House website.
Who is Ford
Ford has been a registered nurse for 17 years, according to her RNC speech. In her remarks, she said her mother was also a nurse and her father was a coal miner. A native of Matewan, West Virginia, she attended Matewan High School, where she graduated in 1999. She obtained an associate degree in nursing at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, according to her Facebook profile. She then obtained her nursing degree at West Virginia University in 2006. Her Facebook profile indicates that she’s worked at Trinity Health Care Services of Mingo since March 2019. Ford is the mother of three children, according to WCHS.