‘A long road’: Lawrence shooting victim remains in hospital, paralyzed

photo by: Kim Callahan

A crime scene at 713 W. 25th St. is pictured Tuesday morning, July 3, 2018. Police found two shooting victims at the four-plex Monday night.

One of the victims of last week’s double shooting remains hospitalized and is paralyzed from the waist down, his girlfriend says.

Jeremy C. Jones, 32, of Lawrence, was shot one time, said Micki Ryan, who lived with him at the apartment where the shooting happened and who has been with him at the University of Kansas hospital in Kansas City, Kan.

The bullet broke his shoulder blade, which will heal, and pierced his lung, which is expected to heal, too, Ryan said. But it also hit and damaged his spinal cord, and Jones is paralyzed from the waist down with a slim prognosis of walking again, she said.

“It’s going to be a long road,” Ryan said.

Jones is “struggling” but making progress, she said. It’s not clear when he’ll be released from the hospital.

When he is, he won’t be able to move back into their second-story apartment at 713 W. 25th St., where the shooting happened the night of July 2.

“We don’t have anywhere to live now,” Ryan said.

After what happened, Ryan said she doesn’t plan to go back anyway — other than to get her things.

“I don’t want to live there,” she said.

Tommy J. May, 58, has been charged with attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of Marzetta Yarbrough and attempted second-degree murder in the shooting of Jones, according to the complaint filed in Douglas County District Court. May also is charged with criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Lawrence police said the victims’ injuries were initially considered life-threatening but that both were expected to survive. The Journal-World was unable to confirm their conditions with hospital representatives on Monday.

Ryan said May lived next door and that they all usually got along.

She said that Yarbrough had been shot at May’s apartment, where she was visiting. She said Jones ran outside to try to help her and confronted May, who then shot him.

She said she didn’t know what precipitated the argument between May and Yarbrough.

photo by: Sara Shepherd

Lawrence police investigate the scene of a double shooting at 713 W. 25th St. the morning of Tuesday, July 3, 2018. The shooting occurred the previous night, leaving one man and one woman with life-threatening injuries.

May is jailed on $500,000 bond.

After the shooting, he was arrested after a reportedly violent confrontation with Lawrence police, although no charges related to that had been filed Monday.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is investigating that incident because it involved a Lawrence Police Department officer discharging his gun. A KBI spokeswoman didn’t return a message Monday afternoon seeking an update.

The KBI said in an earlier news release that May drove away from the shooting scene and when an officer got out of his vehicle to conduct a traffic stop, May allegedly drove into the officer and the patrol vehicle. The officer fired multiple shots toward May, and “it is believed the suspect was injured by gunfire.”

May fled on foot and was arrested a few blocks away. He was taken to a hospital before being taken to jail later the same night.

The officer was treated at the hospital and released, and was placed on administrative leave for the investigation per department policy.

May briefly appeared in court Monday afternoon. He was in jail clothes and had a large bandage on his left elbow.

photo by: Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

Tommy (aka Tommie) J. May

May’s appointed attorney, Joshua Seiden, said he’d discovered a conflict with a witness in the case and needed to withdraw. Judge James McCabria appointed Gerald Wells to represent May instead and scheduled May’s next hearing for Friday.

May was on parole when last week’s shootings happened. He had served, collectively, more than 20 years in prison for a 2004 robbery conviction in Saline County and two aggravated robberies he committed in March and June of 1984 in Sedgwick County, according to Kansas Department of Corrections records.

Last week at his first court appearance in the new case, May made statements indicating that before his incarceration he’d been in the military, but he didn’t elaborate on his service.

Contact Journal-World public safety reporter Sara Shepherd


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