PETERSBURG, Va. (WFLA/CNN) – An Army veteran was left paralyzed after being shot in what police believe is a case of mistaken identity.
Jeremy McKellon, also known as Remy, was shot twice in the neck last week in Petersburg, Virginia. Police say it happened while he was sitting in his SUV, waiting for a red light to change at an intersection.
“The doctors are saying my son is paralyzed from the neck down, that he will never walk again,” his mom Alexandra Clarke said.
Petersburg police have identified Terrell Fisher as the suspect and are still investigating exactly what happened. But Clarke says her son was not the intended target.
“I have been told by police that it was mistaken identity and is still under investigation,” she told WTVR.
Remy is still in critical care. He is unable to talk and is being fed by a feeding tube.
His mom is calling for an end to the violence that has now impacted her son.
“It’s heartbreaking and I just hope in Richmond we can make a change when it comes to violence, gun violence,” she said. “That younger people – and we all – can come together as a community and talk instead of using guns.”
Friends have set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the cost of healthcare and rehabilitation.