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Suspect named in shooting of decorated soldier in San Bernardino

December 26, 2011 |  9:12 am

San Bernardino police have released the name of a man wanted in a shooting that critically wounded a Purple Heart recipient who was home on leave for Christmas.

Ruben Ray Jurado, 19, of San Bernardino shot the soldier, 22-year-old Christopher Sullivan, at a welcome-home party in Sullivan's honor Friday night, police said.

The shooting occurred after Sullivan's younger brother and Jurado began to argue about football and Jurado threw a punch, according to police. When Sullivan stepped in to help his brother, Jurado pulled out a handgun and fired three shots, police said.

Two bullets struck Sullivan, one of them shattering his spine. Doctors have told family members that he will probably be paralyzed from the neck down.

Sullivan was serving in Afghanistan late last year when he was wounded in a suicide bomb attack that killed six men in his unit. He spent much of the last year recovering at Ft. Campbell, Ky. He received a Purple Heart for his wounds.

The police are asking anyone with information about the case to call Det. Michele Mahan at (909) 384-5619, Sgt. Gary Robertson at (909) 384-5663, or the main police department line at (909) 384-5742.


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-- Abby Sewell