Mother desperate after son shot while on break from work
A Chattanooga mother is desperate after she said her son was shot while on a break at work.
It happened nearly two weeks ago outside Koch Foods on E. 19th Street and Read Avenue in Chattanooga.
Even though the person police say is responsible is behind bars, the victim's mother said she can't get her son the medical treatment he needs.
Ronda Watkins said the future of her son, Demontez Russell, 29, is unknown after he was shot while on a break from Koch Foods.
"The gunshot wound ruptured five organs. And I was like, they told me he got shot in the arm? And they were like, no. And then they took me back to see him," Watkins said.
Watkins said it was a stranger, not the company, who called her and told her what happened.
"Demontez had a file in there that said, in case of an emergency call his mother, Ronda Watkins. And they failed to do that. They didn't call me," she added.
Watkins said she couldn't get to his personal items, like his car or wallet to provide the hospital with the insurance information needed.
Last week, police charged Jonathan Conyers with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault, possessing a firearm in commission of a felony and reckless endangerment in connection to the crime.
Records show Conyers was released from prison about a month after serving an eight-year sentence for aggravated robbery.
Watkins said she heard from the company four days after contacting police, but they haven't given her the information she needs to care for her son.
"And if it was your family member, you would feel the same way," she said.
Channel 3 reached out to Koch Foods several times about their protocol regarding employee emergencies.
We have not heard back.
Conyers is due in court next week.
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