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Afghanistan vet shot at welcome-home party may be paralyzed

December 25, 2011 |  6:55 am

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A solider who served in Afghanistan could be paralyzed after being shot during a welcome home party in San Bernardino County.

"We're not sure if he's going to be paraplegic or quadriplegic," Sgt. Gary Robertson told KTLA News.

Christopher Sullivan, 22, was in very serious condition, though he was expected to survive. The shooter fled the party on foot and has not been identified or located.

Sullivan was on leave from the Army for the holidays and attending a party Friday night when his brother and another man began arguing over football a little before midnight, San Bernardino police Lt. Gwendolyn Waters told The Times.

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

About 30 to 40 people attended the party, which was held at the home of one of Sullivan's friends, Waters said. The shooting occurred in the side yard.

Sullivan was in very serious condition, though he was expected to survive. The shooter fled the party on foot and has not been identified or located.

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Photo: Suzanne Sullivan holds a photo of her son Christopher Sullivan, a soldier, outside her home in San Bernardino. (Gabriel Luis Acosta / San Bernardino Sun / December 24, 2011)

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