NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) - A deadly shooting on a north St. Louis County grocery store parking lot hit too close to home for Lori Weakley. She says one of the stray bullets ricocheted off her Honda CRV parked in front of the Schnuck’s near I-270 and Bellefontaine Rd. Monday afternoon.
That’s not the only reason she was unnerved. Weakley’s daughter was wounded by a stray bullet in the parking lot of a McDonald’s restaurant located across the street from Monday’s shooting. Brittany Ritchey was shot in August of 2010.
“I’m scared, but I’m not going to let that fear hold me down,” said Weakley.
St. Louis County Police report 24-year-old Wesley Hughes was shot and killed Memorial Day following an argument over a marijuana buy. Jamal Clay is charged with 2nd degree murder and armed criminal action. Police say Hughes was buying marijuana from Clay, but refused to hand over money. Police say a scuffle started, and Clay eventually shot and killed Hughes on the Schnuck’s parking lot.
“There is just absolutely no regards for human life anymore, and it’s sad,” said Weakley.
She said her daughter still suffers from nerve damage from a bullet that went through her arm. Weakley is pleading for tougher penalties, and wants criminals to consider the harm a single gunshot can leave behind.
“There’s a mom who is never going to hug her son again,” said Weakley. “The fear that it caused the entire community it’s, it’s just, we’ve got to start using our heads.”
She also believes penalties for violent criminals need to be tougher. Weakley said, “They’re getting slaps on the wrist instead of being held accountable.”
Clay is jailed on a $500,000 cash only bond.