Later on that night, he went to a rival bootlegger to try to become part of his organization, and winds up getting shot. The rival gang dumped Johnny's body in front of Gino's place and Duncan went outside and saw Johnny's revival into immortality. Duncan told Johnny what he was and what the rules were, ready to take Johnny as his pupil, but the neo-immortal didn't care about the rules, he wanted revenge. Johnny makes his first hit on the rival who had killed him, making $3,000.
Over the years, Johnny learned how to use a sword by watching pirate movies. Johnny decided to use his Immortality by becoming an assassin, getting $200,000 a hit, and became a master of disguise.
In 1996, Johnny went to the corporate headquarters of a businessman, wearing artificial legs to make him look taller cause of Johnny's lesser height. Johnny killed his mark and escaped, took off his disguise, put on street clothes, and left the building riding a skateboard.
Johnny was hiding out at a warehouse and it was where he saw Duncan MacLeod again. Since MacLeod could ID him, Johnny shot Duncan in the back and was about to take Duncan's head until two men arrived in the elevator and Johnny ran off. Later, Johnny tried to kill Duncan with a bomb planted in the trailer where Johnny was staying, but Duncan escaped. Johnny later phoned Duncan and Duncan said that he would pay Johnny to target someone else, offering him $100,000. Johnny said he'd consider it a they set a meet in a church. At the church, Duncan taunted Johnny who told Duncan that his hit list numbered 249 people. MacLeod and Joe Dawson had set Johnny up in order to get his photo, and as Johnny stepped outside the Church, Joe posed as a photographer for the wedding which had just ended and took pictures of Johnny.The next day, Johnny disguised as a hot dog vendor, about to do a hit, sees pictures of him plastered up all over town, which has ended his anonymity so necessary for an assassin. Johnny called Duncan and told him he was a dead man. Johnny tried to shoot Duncan with his rifle and hit a dummy which MacLeod had set up as a target, Johnny then sensed the presence of another Immortal, as MacLeod approached him. He and MacLeod face off but a man who learned fencing by watching pirate movies was no match for MacLeod who defeated him and received his Quickening.
Kelly used an Italian style broadsword. According to Rudy Bryant, Watchers Associate Curator for Bladed Weapons When you learn how to sword fight from pirate movies, it makes sense that a pirate sword is what you'll fight with. This Italian-style broadsword is of an interesting design. It has a guard similar to a rapier...of course...Johnny K was prone to shooting first and taking heads later." During his fight with MacLeod, he used at least two auxiliary weapons; a stun gun and a Bowie knife. He showed a disregard for any form of the honor in battle even some of the evil immortals show. As he was effectively raised by gangsters, this is no surprise.