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Man accused of shooting, paralyzing soldier to be arraigned

December 29, 2011 |  8:03 am

Ruben Jurado
A 19-year-old accused in a shooting that critically wounded a soldier on leave in San Bernardino will appear in court Thursday to be arraigned on a charge of attempted murder.

Ruben Ray Jurado turned himself in Monday after being named as a suspect in the Friday shooting of 22-year-old Christopher Sullivan.

Sullivan, who had been wounded in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan last year, was home for the holidays. The shooting occurred at a welcome-home party, where police said Sullivan intervened after Jurado and Sullivan's brother got in a dispute over football. 

Jurado's attorney told the Riverside Press-Enterprise that Jurado claimed party guests, who had been drinking heavily and inhaling nitrous oxide, attacked and kicked him.

Authorities said Jurado fired three shots, hitting Sullivan twice. One shot shattered Sullivan's spine, leaving him paralyzed.

Jurado is jailed at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga with bail set at $1 million. 


Soldier shot at party was always there for his family

Police arrest suspect in shooting that left soldier paralyzed

-- Abby Sewell

Photo: Ruben Ray Jurado. Credit: San Bernardino Police Department