SAN BERNARDINO | December 29, 2011
Christopher Sullivan, a 22-year-old U.S. military war veteran and purple-heart recipient had arrived home after serving a tour in Afghanistan from which he was recovering at his base in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and was attending a welcome home party with friends and family last Friday when he was shot twice. One of the bullets shattered his spine leaving him paralyzed.
Sullivan was shot by 19-year old Ruben Ray Jurado after a fight had broken out over football which Sullivan was attempting to break up as it involved his 16-year old brother.
Jurado, arrested Monday after turning himself in at the Chino Hills Sheriff's Station in the presence of his attorney, was arraigned Thursday at the San Bernardino Superior Court and plead not guilty to attempted murder and four special allegations involving premeditation and the use of a firearm, according to a report by Paloma Esquivel of the Los Angeles Times.
Michael J. Holmes, defense attorney for Jurado, states that his client opened fire because he was pushed, knocked down, punched and kicked in the ribs by several of the partygoers. However, Sullivan's relatives state that Sullivan confronted Jurado after Jurado punched Sullivan's 16-year-old brother. Jurado then pulled out a handgun and opened fire on Sullivan and then fled before police arrived.
Sullivan remains in critical condition in the hospital and is paralyzed from the neck down.
Jurado is being housed at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga on $1 million dollars bail and the investigation is being handled by the San Bernardino Police Station.