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Soldier shot at party near home had survived suicide bombing

December 25, 2011 |  7:58 am


He'd survived a suicide bombing. Now a soldier who served in Afghanistan could be paralyzed after being shot during a welcome home party Friday night in San Bernardino.

Christopher Sullivan, 22, suffered wounds during the bombing attack, which killed five fellow soldiers, his family said.

"He was lucky he came home," his mother, Suzanne Sullivan, told the San Bernardino Sun. "My son didn't deserve this. He served his country."

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.

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.


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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)