Johnson's route is illustrated below.
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In this article here, I will speculate about the reason why Johnson stopped running southeast and then ran north across the street.
Two remarkable actions occurred simultaneously:
1) Johnson changed his running direction.
2) MC Passenger suddenly stopped watching Johnson and turned his attention back to the police vehicle. (The evidence was provided in this previous article.)
I speculate that these two simultaneous changes were caused by a loud noise made by Wilson and Michael Brown at the police vehicle. The noise caused Johnson and MC Passenger to realize that the incident was not a laughing matter. The first gunshot, which followed the noise, would confirm that realization.
Later in this blog, I will tell in great detail about a witness named Michael Brady. In this article here, I will tell only about how his attention was attracted to the police vehicle by a loud noise. He was inside his apartment's bedroom when he heard the noise. The apartment location is indicated in this photograph's top-left corner.
|Yellow label in upper-left corner says "Michael Brady Apartment Balcony".|
Blue lines converge on Brady's second-story balcony.
Police vehicle's location indicated by bright-yellow, vertical oval near left margin.
Through his bedroom's closed windows, Brady heard a strange noise. He described it as "some kind of ruffling .... some real tussling .... I was hearing lots of noises .... like hitting the door .... something just got my attention" (pages 10 and 14).
I speculate that most of the loud noise was Brown yelling and kicking the police vehicle while he tried to grab Wilson's pistol. Whatever the noise was, it caused Brady to get up from his bed and to look out the window.
Whatever the loud noise was, it also caused Johnson to turn north and to run across the street for a different perspective on the police vehicle. It also caused MC Passenger to stop watching Johnson run and to turn forward to watch the police vehicle shaking.
Visiting Sister-in-Law, who was quite far away, likewise told investigators that her attention was attracted by a strange, loud noise.
FBI SA How did you know there was a confrontation?
Visiting Sister-in-Law Well, I heard noise .... loud voices.
Attorney You said you heard the commotion but you didn't see it. ...
Visiting Sister-in-Law It's just like you heard not voices, but something.
Attorney What about the voices made you think there was a commotion rather than a conversation?
Visiting Sister-in-Law Because they were loud. It was loud enough to hear.