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PORTAGE (WKOW) -- The community of Portage is still coming to terms with a shooting that took the life of a young Subway employee Thursday morning. Police say 19-year-old Jordan Scott is in custody and is facing a charge for 1st degree intentional homicide.

Police say the victim 22-year-old David Johnson was shot at least five times as he was walking into work at 9:00 am on Thursday.

Friends and co-workers say Johnson was a calm and gentle young man who had worked at the Subway in Portage for nearly five years

"He was about the nicest guy I've ever met in my entire life," friend and co-worker Mark Niesen says. "He's an all around loving guy. He was the customers favorite worker. He's nothing but a fun loving guy."

Niesen has worked with Johnson for going on three and a half years. He says Johnson attended UW-Baraboo for a short time but eventually found a love for comedy and enrolled in college in Chicago to study comedy writing. Those plans were cut short by Thursday morning's fatal confrontation.

"They haven't been on good terms for about a year.  As I understand it on Saturday Jordan was shouting at him while he[Johnson] was telling him to calm down and take it down a notch," Niesen says.

Co-workers didn't want to get into too much detail about the conflict between Johnson and Scott, but they said it was something they all knew about. They say the arguments were always verbal and never got the point of turning physical or violent.

Co-workers also say that Johnson was beloved by many customers. During his five year tenure at Subway he developed several regulars that came into the restaurant to see him.

"My stomach just flipped, we were like, not him, not David. He's just too nice of a guy," loyal Subway customer Elaine Dixon says.

Dixon and her friend Kathy Wipperfurth were frequent customers of the Subway in Portage. The two women say they came in nearly every Wednesday for more than a year. They looked forward to their interactions with Johnson because they say he always brightened their day.

"He's just a super nice young man. He's very courteous. He's very polite. He always has a smile on his face. It's just, we used to tease him we enjoyed him so much," Dixon says.

Portage police officers are still investigating the confrontation that lead to Thursday morning's shooting. At this time it appears that the suspect was waiting for Johnson to get into work Thursday morning.

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