A 65-year-old man who allegedly shot an Amazon delivery driver for parking in a handicapped space in Missouri has been charged.
Larry Thomlison was charged Wednesday with first-degree assault and armed criminal action.
The driver had illegally parked his van in a handicapped-accessible parking spot outside a Target in St Charles, Missouri.
St Charles Police Lt Tom Wilkison says the 21-year-old driver was taken to a hospital on Tuesday and is in critical but stable condition with a back wound.
The dispute started when Thomlison, who was driving a car with a handicapped placard, confronted the driver about the parking spot around noon on Tuesday.
Thomlison then reportedly pulled out a cellphone to record that the driver had parked illegally in the space.
During a struggle over the phone, Thomlison fell to the ground.
When the driver turned to walk away, Thomlison allegedly fired shots at him, striking him in the back, according to the St Louis Post-Dispatch. The bullet is reportedly near the victim’s spine.
Authorities said Thomlison then walked into a nearby shoe store where he was subsequently arrested. It’s unclear if the older man had a disability.
In a statement, Amazon described the incident as ‘terrible’.
‘Our thoughts are with the driver. We will work with law enforcement and the delivery service partner as they investigate,’ the statement read.
The driver works for a third-party service provider. Authorities have not identified the victim.
Thomlison has been jailed with bail set at $100,000 cash.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Valerie Edwards