General Hospital star Johnny Wactor shot and killed in robbery

LOS ANGELES, CA – In a tragic event early Saturday morning, a beloved actor known for his stint on the soap opera “General Hospital” was fatally shot in an altercation with individuals who were allegedly attempting to steal a car part. According to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), the incident unfolded at around 3:25 a.m. in downtown Los Angeles near the intersection of Pico Boulevard and Hope Street.

The victim, while not identified by the police, was recognized as Johnny Wactor, an actor who had graced television screens in 164 episodes of the iconic soap. Wactor’s family confirmed his untimely death in subsequent reports, leaving the entertainment community in shock. 

According to a police spokesperson, Officer Jader Chaves, Wactor encountered three men allegedly trying to steal the catalytic converter from his car — a vehicle part frequently targeted for the precious metals contained within. In the confrontation that ensued, one of the suspects shot Wactor, and all three fled the scene in a separate vehicle.

Wactor had reportedly just finished a bartending shift and was escorting a coworker to her car when the incident occurred. His brother, Grant Wactor, told the media that Johnny thought his car was being towed and went to investigate. Grant described his brother’s death as a case of being “in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Originally from South Carolina, Johnny Wactor moved to Los Angeles in 2009 after completing his college education. His acting career included appearances on “Westworld” and work in the video game “Call of Duty: Vanguard.”

David Shaul, Wactor’s agent, released a statement to Variety extolling Johnny’s virtues not just as an actor but as an individual. Shaul depicted him as an inspiration, commending his dedication, positive outlook, and unwavering work ethic in the face of a challenging industry. He reflected on how Wactor’s compassion extended to gestures like giving someone the shirt off his back, emphasizing that his absence would deeply affect those who knew him.

Wactor’s contribution to “General Hospital” left an indelible mark, and his broader endeavors in entertainment showcased his versatility as an actor. His death has cast a somber shadow over the creative community he was a part of.

The LAPD continues to investigate the fatal shooting and is searching for the suspects involved in the incident. No arrests have been reported at this time.