A cruise ship captain was arrested Monday after allegedly trying to kill a passenger and wounding two others in a cabin fire aboard the same vessel, authorities said.
The suspect, 47-year-old Christopher D. Johnson, of the port of Fort Pierce, Florida, was charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts each of second-degree attempted murder and three counts of assault with intent to kill, authorities in the Florida Keys said.
Authorities said the incident happened at around 6:30 a.m.
Monday in the captain’s cabin of the Grand Bahama Cruise Ship at the port’s Grand Bahamian resort.
Authorities said the passenger and his companion had been shot and were being treated at the hospital.
Johnson, who had been on board the ship, said he didn’t know his passengers, but that the passengers were a couple who lived in the hotel, the port said in a statement.
The captain and crew members of the ship returned to the Grand Bahamas at the conclusion of their shift.
He had not been interviewed by authorities at this time, the statement said.