Police in Detroit are warning parents to watch out for their kids, after 17-year-old Corey Harris-Thomas was shot in a school parking lot. The teen worked at Footlocker, and would use his discount to buy shoes from the store, and sell them for a higher amount. Despite warnings from his parents, Thomas continued his side job, until one day he met someone that didn’t have good intentions.
A 19-year-old man is now in police custody, accused of the fatal shooting of Thomas. Thomas was shot over a dispute about the $140 Jordans.
No one knows what went wrong, as Thomas has had several clients without incident. The client was found online, through Craigslist. Witnesses saw the young man talking, and then report hearing a sudden gun shot.
The Daily Mail reports:
Corey worked at a shoe store and would often buy Air Jordans at a discount in order to sell them for a profit, or to try to trade shoes with other people.
His parents insist they told him to stop selling the footwear and to keep them for himself.
The teen’s mother Deidra says the incident is an important reminder for kids to listen to their parents.
‘I love my son to death,’ Deidra said to Fox 2. ‘You try to do the best you can for them. He made a wrong turn and that’s what happened yesterday.
‘We told him not to sell the shoes, keep them for yourself. We show him these stories all the time and that would be my son,’ she said.
The high school was placed on lockdown following the incident however Corey was not a student at the school.
The scene was cordoned off while a small crowd including grief-stricken parents and relatives began to was gather.
Police say the suspect in custody is a 19-year-old man. No names have yet been released.
A 20-year-old man who was in the car with the teen was also shot although it is not clear what his condition is.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Corey’s family pay for funeral expenses.