Soldier Shot At Christmas Weekend Homecoming Party

via LA Times

A decorated soldier who survived suicide attacks while on tour in Afghanistan was paralyzed after being shot late Friday night at his homecoming party.

Christopher Sullivan, 22, was shot late Friday while trying to break up a fight between his brother and another man at a San Bernardino, Calif., residence.

“My son didn’t deserve this. He served his country,” his mother, Suzanne Sullivan, told the San Bernardino Sun (

Suzanne Sullivan said her son suffered two gunshot wounds to his back, which shattered his spine. Family members told the newspaper that the shooting late Friday left Sullivan paralyzed and in critical condition.

Police said Sullivan’s brother and a partygoer got into an argument over football. When Sullivan moved to intervene, the man pulled a gun and opened fire.

The gunman fled the scene before police arrived. USA Today, 25 Dec 2011.

Sullivan was due to complete his enlistment in April and had plans to attend university. He was awarded the Purple Heart after surviving a roadside attack that left him injured and five members of his unit dead.

Ruben Ray Jurado, 19, is being charged with the crime. It is believed that he attended high school with Sullivan and his younger brother. Jurado faces charges of attempted murder.