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Rockntractor
12-25-2011, 01:08 AM
By Melissa Pinion-Whitt, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 12/24/2011 01:25:11 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO - Army Spec. Christopher Sullivan survived a suicide bombing while serving a tour in Afghanistan for the U.S. Army last December.

Now his family is on pins and needles again, after a gunman shot Sullivan during his welcome-home party Friday in San Bernardino.

"My son didn't deserve this. He served his country," said his mother, Suzanne Sullivan, a San Bernardino resident.

Sullivan, 22, a 2008 San Bernardino High School graduate who was stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky., was taken to a hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds.
Christopher Sullivan (Courtesy)

His condition was not known, but family members described him as being in extremely critical condition and paralyzed. Suzanne Sullivan said he suffered two gunshot wounds to his back, which shattered his spine.

It's an incident that has angered his family, especially since Sullivan was exposed to frequent danger in the Middle East, only to face this attack on American soil.

"To come home to this, it's so unfair," his aunt Theresa Marquez said.

Police said friends were throwing a party for Sullivan in the 2800 block of Garner Avenue because Sullivan was home on leave.

"Everybody there was supposed to be his friend or an acquaintance," Marquez said.

Family members said a man at the party got into an argument with Sullivan's brother. When Sullivan intervened, the man pulled out a gun and fired at him.

Sullivan's brother and the other man began arguing over football a little before midnight, San Bernardino Police Lt. Gwendolyn Waters said Saturday.

The gunman, described as a Latino in his 20s, punched Sullivan's brother, Waters said. Sullivan stepped in and the other man pulled a gun from his waistband and fired at least three shots. Two shots hit Sullivan, one in the neck and the other in the buttocks.

Waters said the shooting happened outside in a side yard. Between 30 and 40 people were at the party.

The gunman fled the home before police arrived.

Sullivan had been recovering in Kentucky after a Dec.12, 2010, suicide bombing in Kandahar, which killed five of his fellow soldiers in the 101st Airborne Division. He suffered a cracked collar bone and brain damage.

He was awarded a Purple Heart for his injuries.

"He was lucky he came home," his mother said.

Sullivan played varsity football and was also on the wrestling team at San Bernardino High, said his sister, Crystal Watson.

He was set to complete his enlistment in the Army in April, and was planning to come home to go to college.

"He was so happy to be back. He kept saying, everything was going to be OK," Watson said.

Police have not identified a suspect in the case.

Suzanne Sullivan pleaded for the shooter to surrender.

"I just want him to turn himself in," she said.



Read more: http://www.sbsun.com/ci_19612832#ixzz1hWIsGp2q

AmPat
12-25-2011, 10:36 AM
If this were my brother, there would be a follow up story within a week:


Alleged Gunman In Soldier Shooting Found Dead.

The suspect in a Soldier shooting last week was found dead this morning. His body was found stripped of all skin and buried in pig feces at a local pig farm. All indications appear to suggest he was tortured repeatedly for a week before he died.

The family of the Soldier had no comment.:cool:

NJCardFan
12-25-2011, 01:17 PM
Sullivan's brother and the other man began arguing over football a little before midnight
Certainly a reason to start shooting. :rolleyes: Just goes to show that you can take the man out of the hood but you can't take the hood out of the man. Even though the person shot was a wounded vet, doesn't mean when he goes home it's to some house in rural Nebraska.

Odysseus
12-25-2011, 01:33 PM
Certainly a reason to start shooting. :rolleyes: Just goes to show that you can take the man out of the hood but you can't take the hood out of the man. Even though the person shot was a wounded vet, doesn't mean when he goes home it's to some house in rural Nebraska.

My question is, why doesn't anyone know who the shooter is? He was a guest at the party, but nobody knows who he is? Either they know, and he's going to end up in a ditch, or he was crashing, in which case he's some local hood (which, given the circumstances, is pretty obvious anyway), and it will take some time to root him out of the local community. If SPC Sullivan was part of the local gang culture, then this is going to go the way of a blood feud, but if not, then the latter, but either way, it's tragic. He'd done his duty and earned the opportunities that were going to come his way, and some lowlife, ill-tempered little thug may have destroyed all of that over something as trivial as football.

NJCardFan
12-25-2011, 11:53 PM
My question is, why doesn't anyone know who the shooter is? He was a guest at the party, but nobody knows who he is? Either they know, and he's going to end up in a ditch, or he was crashing, in which case he's some local hood (which, given the circumstances, is pretty obvious anyway), and it will take some time to root him out of the local community. If SPC Sullivan was part of the local gang culture, then this is going to go the way of a blood feud, but if not, then the latter, but either way, it's tragic. He'd done his duty and earned the opportunities that were going to come his way, and some lowlife, ill-tempered little thug may have destroyed all of that over something as trivial as football.

The answer is in my post Ody. That, and this:
http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTttXV3QMn-jy2sEO5jmoaG23MhS2fFmgFvJCabfTlus17kC9ENHSdqVZmh

This is the culture of these animals*.





*-By animals I mean gang bangers.