By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer
A clerk in a convenience store at 59th and Prospect Avenue has been charged with assault and armed criminal action in connection with the shooting on Tuesday afternoon of a teenager, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced.
However, family members, friends of the teen and neighbors question whether the teen’s alleged actions warranted being shot.
According to reports, the teen allegedly told police that he took a package of cookies and put them in his pocket.
“They make enough money in that store to write off a package of 99 cent cookies,” one of the neighbors who frequents the store occasionally said.
“I try not to shop in there. I tell my daughters when they go in there to go in and get what they want and leave, because they are so rude in that store. I could see if he was robbing the place at gun point the clerk shooting him, but to shoot him, allegedly, over a package of cookies is ridiculous,” he said.
The teen’s mother spoke to THE CALL about the incident and is quite upset over the media’s coverage of the matter.
“One media outlet stated that an Italian sandwich restaurant reported and that an inference was made to me being destitute and my family being poor and needy, which is totally untrue,” the teen’s Mom said.
“I work five days a week for a security company and my fiance’ works and helps out. So, we are not homeless and my son is not some wayward kid running around town without guidance. In fact my fiance’ plays a role in his life as well as other male family figures. We raise all of our children together as a family. He made a bad choice, but he is not a bad kid,” she said.
“He is very remorseful for his actions and has apologized to the hospital staff who has complimented me on how mannerable he is. I wouldn’t have it any other way,” she stated.
THE CALL also spoke to his sister who called her brother’s actions “dumb”.
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