Exclusive: Mother wants justice after daughter shot in neck
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – An angry mother wants justice after her daughter was randomly shot in the neck during four teenagers’ shooting spree in south St. Louis.
On Sunday night, Crystal Brand and her fiancé were walking south on Broadway to the 7 Eleven on Bates, but never made it that far. “These kids randomly went through the neighborhood shooting at everyone and shot my daughter Crystal like they were playing a video game or something,” says her mother, Charlene Bradford, through tears.
Doctors said the bullet was lodged in her neck, and could have easily paralyzed or killed her. But Crystal was relatively lucky.
Her mother explains, “She’s lost movement in the right arm, she can move her fingers but she can’t lift her arm yet. We have a long road to recovery.”
Both mother and daughter are angry and disgusted by the crimes committed that night. Before shooting Crystal, police say the four teenagers shot into several cars, homes and a business, then robbed a man at gunpoint. Each of these targets appeared to be random.
“You got to teach them respect for other human lives,” explains Charlene, “My son’s 19, he wouldn’t do that.”
Charlene is happy the suspects are now in custody. One is just 14, and being handled in the juvenile court system. The others, ages 17 and 18, face anywhere from three years to life in prison. “They’re gonna get what they deserve,” she says.