Skip to comments.Soldier back from Afghanistan shot at welcome-home party in San Bernardino
Posted on 12/25/2011 10:03:58 AM PST by markomalley
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.
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.
Wounds like he needs a better class of “friends” to “hang out” with.
Stay off the streets and stay home. No one thinks you are cool if you are hanging with losers.
“Wounds” should be “sounds”
Unbelievable. We are being over run by animals in this country.
I’d bet no booze within a mile of the place ..... Right!
DAMN!!! I HATE to hear bout his kind of stuff! The guy’s been through enough...I hope to God they find the creep who shot him and mete out a little justice on him before he goes to prison!!!
It’s that blasted Latino “machismo” horse manure.
Let this be a cautionary tale for all. This wouldn’t have happened to him if he was home with his family. As for partying with friends, nobody has 40 friends and it only takes one scumbag to ruin everybody’s day.
When I was in the Navy, I’ve had co-workers get beat up and two shot—one at a party, one shot in the back while walking away from a fight in a nightclub parking lot at 2 AM.
I’m not trying to assign blame in this Tupac-dispute, we’ll never know and it doesn’t matter. The best way to deal with it is to not be there.
What the hell! That’s what has you outraged? The man has a right to attend a party in his honor and then leave uninjured. He just survived a military suicide bombing after months in combat. You think his first thought that night was to be cautious when attending a party in his honor in his own country? For Gods sake there is no end to the piety and self righteousness on FR.
Latino...Football? Damn Raiders!
“Machismo” should be classified in the same category with “honor” killing.
Is it possible the gunman is an illegal?
What an idiotic comment.
Gee, what a surprise.
Of course. But understand that you're talking theory. "yldstrk" is talking reality.
40 person party + alcohol + drugs + guns + illegal aliens sounds like a typical Saturday night in East LA.
Which only exists in hindsight. Neither of you were there, know him, know his family or his friends, yet you feel justified in painting the tragedy with the broad brush of your own assumptions. His post was the most multi-faceted disgusting post I have ever read on FR.
He took a stand as the man that he is and the coward would not punch him...but rather shot him. I pray he will recover.
I believe that’s exactly what Obama’s regime wants.
As soon as it gets really bad .. we’ll have martial law and the suspension of all ELECTIONS.
When is America going to wake up ..??
The link between machismo and violence is recognized as a significant cultural problem in the latin community.
It won’t. We are facing an abyss on many levels and many people are not prepared mentally, financially, physically, emotionally, or psychologically.
And we have only ourselves to blame.
Ok so you and the anthropology twins win the award for solving the violence mystery and putting a big bow on the whole tragedy. How does that help Mr. Sullivan?
I don’t give a rat’s ass what set of DNA caused an idiot to solve his anger issues with a gun against an innocent self sacrificing young man. A crime was committed and some one should be punished, and we should be outraged.
And why not? Both stem from the same root source. Or do you believe, as leftists do, that "Moorish influences" refer only to an architectural style?
I feel that a suspended election is a very real possibility.
Imagine what happens when the entitlement class stops getting it’s checks due to an economic meltdown.
Throw in the prosecution and incarceration of Eric Holder for “Fast and Furious”, and it will be the Rodney King LA riots nationwide.
How does your Perpetually Offended Political Correctness help him?
A crime was committed and some one should be punished, and we should be outraged.
Who isn't outraged? 40 people at that party and no one can (or will) identify the shooter. Including Mr. Sullivan's brother who was arguing with him over football. That is an outrage to be sure.
“”Its that blasted Latino machismo horse manure.””
I thought so when I saw his picture but his name was Sullivan??? My maiden name is Sullivan and we sure don’t look like that....
Politically correct? I’m not the one excusing this with some lame Latino DNA excuse.
Reminds me of something I was reading last week.....Lord, who sinned, his father or his mother?
Jesus basically said who cares? How does that help this blind man?
Typical freepers with their labels and broad brush assumptions and blanket opinions and judgements. All talk and do nothing.
I seem to remember this happening in L.A. about 5-6 years ago also, another veteran who had just come home. Seems like it was an Asian or Samoan?
You’re the only one talking about DNA.
I am not a Christian but I hardly think that is the meaning of these verses.
Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind
1 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?
3 Neither this man nor his parents sinned, said Jesus, but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
Are you seriously writing messages on Christmas day like this.
it's California. odds are likely. probably a gang-banger illegal with mile long list of prior arrests just doing the shooting of purple heart recipients Americans are unwilling to do.
This seems to be the perpetrator:
It must be said that both the shooter & Christopher Sullivan are both Mexican Americans. Mexican is a nationality, not an ethnicity. There are many White Mexicans & Latin Americans-the Creoles who are 100% Spaniard,along with Portuguese & Basques. There are also Italian Mexicans & many blonde haired blue eyed Mexicans. Most Mexicans are Mestizo-Spaniard & sometimes Basque mixed with Amerindian. & there are Irish Mexicans. Judging from the pictures, both the shooter & the victim an Afgan war hero are Mestizo. With Christopher Sullivan, he survived Afghanistan & it would be a shame if he ends up paralyzed. Hope Christopher Sullivan can walk & take part in MMA.
As to whether the shooter Ruben Ray Jurado self-defense story is true or trash, that will have to be for a jury (jurado means jury in Spanish) to decide. I do want to say since you raised illegal aliens is that our 1 way street to help Mexico goes back to 1866 when President Johnson sent thousands of soldiers under Gen. Sheridan to the Rio Grande & told the French to leave Mexico under war declaration threat. Since that time, we’ve helped Mexico-such as outsourcing jobs (American companies do business in Mexico) & gotten little in return. The U.S. helping illegal aliens from Mexico is part of the mostly 1 way street of helping Mexico & whether we have a Republican or Democrat, I don’t expect our 1 way street to helping Mexico to change. Former President George HW Bush is sympathetic to illegal aliens.