Army veteran paralyzed after being shot in case of mistaken identity
PETERSBURG, Va. (WSET) -- An Army veteran has been paralyzed from the neck down after he was shot in what police are calling a case of mistaken identity.
Jeremy McKellon was sitting in his vehicle at a stoplight at an intersection in Petersburg when he was shot multiple times in the neck.
"The doctors are saying that my son is paralyzed from the neck down and that he will never walk again," said his mother, Alexandra Clarke to WTVR.
Petersburg Police identified the suspect as Terrell Fisher and Clarke said officers told her that her son was not the target.
Jeremy is in critical care, unable to talk, and having to be fed by a feeding tube.
"It's heartbreaking and I just really hope that in Richmond we can make a change when it comes to violence, gun violence, that younger people come together, that we all can come together as a community and talk instead of using guns," Clarke told the news station.
Clarke said her son was about to start his own barbershop in Richmond and did not have medical insurance.
Family has set up a GoFundMe to help with expenses.
Police have warrants out for Fisher on charges of felonious assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, use of a firearm by a convicted felon, and breaking and entering.