Delivery Driver Paralyzed After Being Shot For Parking In Handicap Spot

A 65-year-old man shot a delivery truck driver who parked in a handicap spot after the two had scuffled

St. Charles, MO – A 65-year-old man who had a disabled placard on his car shot a 21-year-old Amazon delivery truck driver parked in a handicapped spot.

The incident happened at about noon Tuesday and the 21-year-old victim is in critical but stable condition and the 65-year-old man was arrested at the scene, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The dispute began when the Amazon driver illegally parked his delivery van in a handicap spot.

The 21-year-old driver was talking to another Amazon driver at the time, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The 65-year-old man confronted both drivers about being parked in a handicap spot, according to St. Charles Police Lieutenant Tom Wilkison. Even though the 65-year-old man had a handicap parking placard, it was unclear whether he was handicapped, Lt. Wilkison said.

The older man pulled out a cell phone so he could record the illegally parked delivery van. Then the two began to struggle over the phone, Lt. Wilkison said.

During the argument, the two men were involved in a “hands-on” confrontation, according to police.

The 65-year-old man fell to the ground during the struggle. He then took out a handgun and shot the 21-year-old one time in the back while the younger man was walking away, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The gunman then went to a shoe store where he was arrested and police recovered a gun.

Amazon said in a statement that the 21-year-old driver didn’t work directly for Amazon but worked for a contracted company.

“This is a terrible incident and our thoughts are with the driver,” Amazon said in a statement, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “We will work with law enforcement and the delivery service partner as they investigate."

Police didn’t release the names of the victim or the suspect.

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Piquerish
Piquerish

Both my wife and I are handicapped and wish for all the world that we could give back our dubious placards to walk among the fit and healthy once again, but alas, my wife especially needs the benefit these sanctioned spaces provide. One of my pet peeves is seeing hulking healthy young men and mincing entitled young ladies usurp these spots due to entitlementarian attitudes and just plain laziness and arrogance. Getting that out of the way, this shooting appears to me to be way out out of line and not in any way justified. Shame on those drivers, but woe unto the shooter. Everyone loses.

2bears
2bears

Actions have consequences, not saying the seniors actions were justified, but the young man shouldn't have been physical with the old man either.

2bears
2bears

A little to soon ! 🤣👍💯👍

2bears
2bears

Well if you can go by the story as it's reported and that's a "BIG IF" The Amazon driver shouldn't have gotten "hands-on" with the senior over the seniors phone. That being said I can't see shooting the Amazon driver in the back as he walked away

Paul Kersey Jr.
Paul Kersey Jr.

Glass half full side of this, he's legit for the handicapped spot now!