SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - A decorated Army soldier recovering from injuries suffered in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan was shot at his homecoming party, and family members say he is paralyzed and in critical condition.
Christopher Sullivan, 22, was shot late Friday while trying to break up a fight between his brother and another man at a San Bernardino 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.
Police said Sullivan’s brother and a partygoer got into an argument over football. When Sullivan moved to intervene, the man pulled out a gun and opened fire.
The gunman fled before police arrived.
Sullivan was wounded in a suicide bombing attack last year in Kandahar while serving with the 101st Infantry Division. He suffered a cracked collarbone and brain damage in the attack and has been recovering in Kentucky, where he is stationed. He was awarded a Purple Heart.
Sullivan was home on leave when the shooting occurred.
“To come home to this, it’s so unfair,’’ his aunt Theresa Marquez told the newspaper.
His enlistment would be complete in April, after which Sullivan had planned to come home to go to college.
Family members are calling on the shooter to surrender. Police have not identified the suspect.