Marissa Jones, 33, was shot and killed during an attempted robbery last week in the South Linden area.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Marissa Jones, 33, is paralyzed from the neck down after being shot South Linda gas station last week during an attempted robbery.

Jones was on a date last Wednesday when police said he stopped at the Sunoco gas station on Cleveland Avenue. Columbus Police Detective Jeremy Niederkohr said a group of three suspects surrounded their vehicle.

As Jones tried to close the passenger side door, one of the suspects rushed into the car and demanded her belongings. Shortly thereafter, a shot rang out and Jones was wounded.

Yvonne Jones, Marissa’s mother, was at work in Cleveland when police called her to report what had happened to her daughter.

“It was just terrifying to see how upbeat my daughter usually is on a regular basis,” Yvonne said. “They tell us that this life sentence for her is paralyzed from the neck down, so it was very, very bad.”

Marissa’s older sister, Alesha Owsley, described her as one of the kindest and sweetest people she knows.

“She loves her music, she loves her quiet time, she loves being home alone,” said Alesha Owsley, Jones’ sister.[now]she doesn’t remember anything, she doesn’t even remember that she can’t move her arms and legs.’

Detective Niederkor said 20-year-old Javara Scott, the shooting suspect, and the juveniles are in custody. Police are still looking for three others believed to be involved in the robbery attempt — two girls and a boy, all three 16 or 17 years old.

All five were charged with aggravated assault, but more charges are pending.

Niederkor said he believes the suspects have committed similar crimes in the past because of how the group operated before the robbery attempt.

“I think it was a crime of opportunity,” Niederkohr said. “Based on the way they approached the vehicle, the way they all came together before they went and did this, it leads me to believe that this was not the first time. I think they knew exactly what they were doing.”

The detective said the response from the public has been overwhelming and the department is estimated to have received dozens of tips in the case.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Central Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 614-461-8477.

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