UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KTVI) – A teenager is fighting for his life after being shot in the head Tuesday afternoon, allegedly by a man in a wheelchair. But sources close to the case say it may have been the teen, along with the other man, who was the aggressor. Police say the teen who was shot, between sixteen and seventeen years old, was also carrying a gun.
It all happened about 12:30 Tuesday afternoon. Ron Harden, who mow grass at nearby University City High School, says he heard the gunfire and went to the alley, which runs behind Hanley Road, to see what was happening.
“There was a guy coming down the alley in a wheelchair and the police grabbed him up, and threw him on the ground and said he’s the suspect,” he said.
Another man was caught running from the scene. Sources say that second man was with the teenager, and the two may have been targeting the man in the wheelchair. Police say the teenager was armed.
“There was a weapon in hand of the man who was shot in the alley,” University City Police Chief Charles Adams said. “Right now we’re trying to figure out exactly what exactly transpired, but its pretty much surmised there was some kind of drug transaction going on.”
Despite witness accounts saying the teen was in summer school here, University City Police say he’s not a resident. Further they say the school system has no record of him.
Neighbors say the man in the wheelchair is from the area. Many have known him for years here, and they say this isn’t his first run in with police.
“He actually got in some trouble a little while ago with St. Louis county police,” Harden said. “And that’s how he got paralyzed. He got shot by an officer.”
Outside University City Police Headquarters Tuesday was a woman who says her daughter had been dating the man who was shot. She has a message for anyone willing to listen.
“We want our kids to bury us and not us bury our kids,” Nicole Stewart told us. “When will these kids wake up and learn that hey, it could be you one day? C’mon! Wake up! Wake up! Do something good with your life instead of going around killing each other. It’s senseless!
There was no word on the condition of the gunshot victim, who remained hospitalized Tuesday night. But witnesses told us he was not moving at all when medics took him from the scene.