‘General Hospital’ actor Johnny Wactor’s final moments before shooting allegedly over catalytic converter

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

LOS ANGELES – A witness shares the final moments of her friend and “General Hospital” actor Johnny Wactor‘s life.

FOX 11 spoke with Anita Joy, who worked with Wactor at a downtown Los Angeles bar, Level 8. The two had just finished their shifts and were walking back to their cars back on May 25. As they were walking, they spotted a masked person trying to steal a catalytic converter from Wactor’s car, and the suspect ended up firing shots at Wactor.

Joy said there was no warning during the encounter between Wactor and the alleged catalytic converter thief.

“There was no, ‘Back off or will shoot,’” she said. “Johnny, as a man and as someone walking with me and protecting me – he was right by my side.”

Joy recalled the moments where Wactor’s body flew backwards toward her after the actor got shot.

“I just say to him, I’m like, “Johnny, you OK?” And the only thing he said was “No. Shot.” And I had blood on my hands. So I rip open his shirt and he has a wound in his chest.”

Wactor was ultimately pronounced dead.

“They tried to get a catalytic converter and they took down [Wactor’s] life instead,” Joy said. “As I laid him down, he was already slipping away.”

Wactor had worked at Level 8 when he was between acting gigs. Nearly a week after the shooting, Level 8 posted on social media vowing to improve safety. Below is a statement issued by the business on social media:

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As of June 1, the three suspects connected to Wactor’s murder remain on the run.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.