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Mother of man shot at Kalamazoo Quick Stop speaks out
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Surveillance video showing the moments after a Kalamazoo man was shot and left for dead is revealing some disturbing details.
31-year-old Jheryl Wright was killed in September of 2012, as he was leaving a convenience store in Kalamazoo.
But what grabs everyone's attention is how long it takes for someone to help him, and how customers reacted to him laying on the ground.
A Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officer told Newschannel 3 Friday night that the disregard for another person shown in the video is one of the worst things he's ever seen.
Jheryl's mother, Jackel Wright, is still upset after learning about the video.
She tells us she wants to know who the people are who stepped over her son after he was shot, look them in the face, and ask them a few questions.
"When they told me people were still coming in that gas station, stepping over my child in the doorway, I couldn't believe it; I couldn't believe it," she said. "I just can't believe people in this world would do something like that. I can't."
Jackel Wright used words like disturbing, disgusting, and shameful to describe the actions portrayed on the surveillance video, which was shown during the trial of Clarence Ross, who was convicted a week ago in the murder.
"How can you step over someone laying in the doorway and not help; how would they feel if that was one of their loved ones sitting there," she said.
After her son was shot, the video shows customers at the store continuously stepping over him. Two men leave, look down, and keep moving on.
A minute later, the clerk comes to the counter to see what's going on, but doesn't appear to stop him. Another man enters the store, goes back out, and then comes back in to buy something.
The video continues in this fashion.
Another man comes in and goes to the counter, and finally, after about five minutes, a customer walking in appears to notice Wright is not okay and makes a call on his phone.
"I hope God have mercy on your soul, 'cause you was wrong, sitting there and not helping my son, like he was just a doormat; walking over him, laying there dead," Jackel said of those who did not help. "I hope y'all can't sleep at night, 'cause that was awful. Just plain awful."
Wright's mother has only been told about the video, as she says she can't stomach watching it.
As for Clarence Ross, who was convicted last week in the murder, he will be sentenced next month.