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Shot In The Back And Paralyzed Over A Parking Space

A Missouri Amazon driver who illegally parked in a handicapped-accessible space has forgiven the man who allegedly confronted him and shot him in the back leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.

Jaylen Walker, a 21-year-old who also worked as a personal trainer, told KSDK-TV from his bed in the intensive care unit at Saint Louis University Hospital: ‘I forgive that man. I just have to move on. Justice will be served. I don’t want to die with that on my heart.’ 

The father to a one-year-old boy worked for a company contracted to deliver Amazon packages and said that he had just finished his shift around noon when he pulled into a handicap parking spot while stopping to help a fellow driver.

Larry Thomlison, 65, of St. Charles, who isn’t disabled himself but had a placard allowing him to park in handicapped-accessible spots because of a relative, pulled out a cellphone to photograph the illegally parked delivery van, and posted the image to social media, according to charges. 

Then Thomlison confronted Walker about the parking spot and put his phone ‘in the face of’ the Amazon driver in an attempt to photograph him, according to the charges. 

Walker said he told Thomlison that he was going to move but ‘he kept harassing me.’ Charges say that when Walker pushed the phone away, Thomlison punched the driver. During the struggle, they ended up on the ground and Thomlison pulled out a gun, police say.

Prosecutors said surveillance video shows Walker trying to run away when he was shot in the back outside a Target store.

‘When he pulled the gun out, my eyes were just amazed,’ Walker said from the hospital. 

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‘I tried to run in between two cars. He had a nice aim and hit me right in the spine.’

Authorities said Thomlison then walked into a nearby shoe store where he was subsequently arrested. 

Walker was taken to a hospital on Tuesday and was in a critical but stable condition with a back wound.  

Amazon described the incident as ‘terrible’.

Walker’s family said the ‘charismatic, motivated and hard working young man’ has no insurance, and they set up a GoFundMe page that had raised $37,360 of a $50,000 goal by Friday afternoon. 

Friend Rob Reichert appealed for the public to help his ‘Little Brother’ who during their college years was ‘full of heart, and genuine kindness’.

‘I learned about a life that existed outside of the bubble I was accustomed to, and the challenges that even young kids had to face very early on,’ he said about Walker before admitting he didn’t stay in touch with him despite efforts from the injured man’s part. 

He said about Walker who ‘was a collegiate athlete, a physical trainer, and working deliveries to help achieve his dreams’: ‘Mentally and physically he has such a long road ahead, and the stress of financial burden of healthcare adds another daunting layer to his recovery process.’

An Amazon spokesman said in a statement that the company is ‘working with Walker, his family, and his company to help support him as he recovers.’ Amazon didn’t elaborate.    

‘I’ll be paralyzed for the rest of my life,’ Walker said from hospital this week. ‘I come from a strong family and I’m a strong individual myself. And that man up above, there’s nothing he cannot do.’

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Walker’s plans for the future had been to play with his young son ‘just like any other father would,’ go back to school and play basketball.

‘I just thank God I’m still breathing, and I still have opportunities,’ he said in a low voice with a brace around his chest and neck. ‘Just not the ones that I wanted.’

The victim’s mother Regina Walker struggled to understand why someone would provoke and shoot her son, who is the eldest of her three children.

She said her son – who led an active lifestyle and planned on being an entrepreneur who could provide for his family and others – should not have parked in the spot but ‘should have gotten a ticket at worse’. 

‘But to be in a wheelchair … his child will never remember seeing him walk or play with him,’ she said. ‘I’m trying to make sense of it. I know that what I can’t understand God already knows the end of it, so I am truly trying to trust the process.’ 

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24 comments

Deborah March 11, 2019 at 8:13 pm

I want to know if the person that shot & paralyzed the Amazon driver has been arrested?

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Kate Silverman March 12, 2019 at 12:24 am

The article said he had.

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Bill March 25, 2019 at 4:45 pm

Pure unadulterated hate, pure and simple. I will be shocked if he receives much more than community service or probation.

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Pat Sterling September 7, 2019 at 10:48 am

The would be killer should not be driving a car with the card if not disabled. He wanted the spot for himself and the other man was black

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Dennis Myrick October 16, 2019 at 3:18 pm

DISGUSTING!!!!!!! Life in prison for the idiot. I really feel for the young man. You really wanted to kill someone over a parking spot?

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Laura July 26, 2019 at 2:40 pm

But the shooter should not have been in a handicap park, either. Now, that’s what you call this “white privilege ” craziness, why was he so concerned about the other driver being there? I just thinking this morning, White people, not all, have the audacity to still be racists, and mad at the sight of anyone different, it’s like, didn’t your forefathers, grandfathers cause enough atrocities in history to last a lifetime? Do you not think that they had to answer to that once they died? Read your Bibles about The Rich Man and Lazarus! Whatever you do, it comes back one day – life is a boomerang, what You throw out it comes back to you and lands at your feet, or what the Bible says, “you reap what you sow. “

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Netha Morgan July 28, 2019 at 8:43 am

I don’t understand why people are saying he does not have insurance by law if he was still on the clock with Amazon delivering this is considered a work-related injury workman’s comp

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Keisha September 18, 2019 at 5:54 pm

It says he had just finished his shift at noon. He was helping a fellow co-worker on is own time.

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Dennis Myrick October 16, 2019 at 3:33 pm

Laura, just because someone parks in a handicap parking spot doesn’t mean you shoot the person. What is wrong with these gun toting fools? Seriously, shoot to kill over a parking spot? Are we going to kill drunks, addicts, old people, homeless people, etc. just because they get on my nerves?

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Jim September 7, 2019 at 11:15 am

Part time work never pays benefits. Worker’s comp doesn’t cover criminal acts.

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Jodie Joubert September 8, 2019 at 2:30 pm

The man who shot him needs to be thrown up under the jail cell. That was attempted murder and a hate crime. His family also needs to sue him.

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Shirley Fox October 18, 2019 at 1:49 pm

yes and as for the handicap parking placket, you can only use that when the handicap person is in the car with you. He is not allowed to use that card to suit his own needs.

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tim h. September 19, 2019 at 1:04 am

Lock up that white bastard who shot him and make sure he’ll find his new love in prison.

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larry midleton September 19, 2019 at 8:33 am

As soon as the attention dies down and no one is looking they will let that crazy man out of jail and tell him in secret great job. Oh and most importantly they will give him his Gun back also.they need people like him free and armed to fight against niggers and jews and none whites.

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Smurfette September 20, 2019 at 12:37 am

Trump has them thinking that they can do anything I guess they are still living back in the 1700s but, if you notice that they want to attack when no one is around Straight up Cowards and They Call Black men THUGS, but, So is the KKK,……White THUGS, guess they haven’t thought of that that’s how damn Dumb they really are

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R Bell September 20, 2019 at 4:44 pm

Trump promoted violence is costing all Americans…….

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Ann holmes September 21, 2019 at 4:53 pm

Above comment is so right!!!!!@

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Jocelyn October 2, 2019 at 2:43 pm

He is probably a contractor. 1099 worker and is not provided insurance through Amazon

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Robert October 11, 2019 at 1:27 am

He couldn’t wait to shoot a person.
It was on his mind to do it. Which is premeditated. As soon you pick up a gun and put on your hip. You plan to to shoot someone. Then he tried to get away with it. He Did not CALL THE POLICE. He walked and hid in a store.

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Bluchic October 11, 2019 at 11:34 pm

This is not about insurance. This about another targeted black man. You have gone from killing unarmed black criminal s to unarmed educated black men.
That forgiveness line is one I hope l never hear again.

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Joseph Graham October 16, 2019 at 9:32 pm

I KEEP MY GUN ON ME 24-7 WITH A 30 ROUND CLIP I WISH A M.F WOULD APPROACH ME ABOUT A PARKING SPOT THERE WOULD NOT BE ONE PUNCH THROWN I CAN PROMISE YOU THAT.

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Dannie May 21, 2020 at 7:14 pm

MY PEOPLE ….

STOP SPENDING YOUR MONEY WITH WHITE PEOPLE AND FOREIGNERS!!

THERE ARE PLENTY OF STRUGGLING BLACK BUSINESS OWNERS!

WHY ARE YOU LINING THE WHITE MAN’S POCKET SO HE CAN KILL YOUR…
CHILD
HUSBAND
SISTER
FATHER
MORHER
BROTHER
UNCLE
AUNT
FRIEND etc…

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Anthony Lee October 21, 2019 at 12:27 pm

Black folks. Stop freaking apologizing to white folks who assault, maim and kill you!

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Cassandra Butler February 17, 2020 at 12:21 pm

Why are we so apologetic to these assholes? They wouldn’t apologize to us to save our life. Black people stop accepting this shit it is NOT okay to just sit us and say I’m sorry

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