Mom Speaks Out After Son is Shot at Rainbow Gathering

Mom Speaks Out After Son is Shot at Rainbow Gathering
Posted at 11:40 PM, Mar 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-18 06:32:02-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (WTXL) - A mother speaks out as her son remains in critical condition at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

It's a mothers worst nightmare, getting a call that your child is injured and fighting for his life. Heather Nelson says, her son Wesley Jones has undergone one surgery with another scheduled for Friday morning. Nelson explains Jones' injuries, "He received three shots. One bullet went through his back and is sitting in his side, the other one went in his arm and went strait out. The third one which is the critical one went in his neck and injured his spinal cord."

Jones was shot after an altercation at a Rainbow gathering in the Apalachicola National Forest. Nelson says, her son and several others were sitting around a camp fire when the situation escalated.

According to Nelson, "He was with a group of people who were burning a tire and this guy didn't like it and he kept asking them to stop and they wouldn't, so the guy started to video tape and continued to video tape them and the fire and that's when the phone was snatched out of his hand and thrown in the fire."

Witnesses say, that's when 39-year-old Clark Mayers retrieved his gun and started firing shots.

Nelson says, "My son is alive, Jacobs mothers son isn't."

Jacob Caldwell was fatally shot after he stepped in to help his friend Wesley. According to witnesses, that's when the other campers wrestled the gun away from Mayers stabbing him in the process. Detectives with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office say, Mayers is in the hospital suffering from multiple stab wounds and remains under police surveillance. 

Nelson remains by her sons side, "He is hurting and he is confused, he is scared and he is not afraid of anything. Right now he is scared."

The sheriff's office says, they're working with the U.S. Attorney's Office, since the incident happened on Federal property.