SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Police on Monday arrested a suspect in a shooting that critically wounded a soldier at his Southern California homecoming party after he survived a suicide bombing attack in Afghanistan.
Police said Ruben Ray Jurado turned himself in to authorities in Chino Hills, about 35 miles east of Los Angeles. The 19-year-old had been sought in the attempted murder of 22-year-old Christopher Sullivan.
Authorities allege Jurado shot Sullivan at the party Friday night after getting into an argument with the soldier’s brother over football teams.
Jurado, who had played football with Sullivan in high school, punched Sullivan’s brother and Sullivan intervened. Jurado then pulled a gun and fired multiple shots, hitting Sullivan in the neck, San Bernardino police Sgt. Gary Robertson said.
Sullivan’s relatives said the Purple Heart recipient was hit twice by gunfire, which shattered his spine and left him paralyzed.
His mother, Suzanne Sullivan, told the Los Angeles Times that doctors believe her son will be paralyzed from the neck down.
“I don’t have any emotions. My emotions are none,” she said. “He didn’t deserve it. He’s an excellent son and an excellent man.”
Jurado has been transferred to the custody of the San Bernardino Police Department where he will be booked, officials said Monday.
Sullivan was wounded in a suicide bombing attack last year in Kandahar province while serving with the 101st Infantry Division. He suffered a cracked collarbone and brain damage in the attack and had been recovering in Kentucky, where he is stationed.
He was home on leave when the shooting occurred.