11-Year-Old Boy Shot While Asleep In His Oakland Home
OAKLAND (CBS SF) – An 11-year-old boy was recovering at a hospital after being shot while sleeping inside his East Oakland home early Friday morning.
The shooting was reported in the 200 block of Makin Road at 12:59 a.m., Officer Johnna Watson said.
Emergency responders arrived to find the boy, Luis Duenas Hernandez, a sixth-grader at the Alliance Academy middle school in Oakland, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
He was taken to Oakland Children’s Hospital, and Watson said around 8:30 a.m. Thursday that he was in stable condition.
16-year-old Francisco Duenas, the brother of the boy who was shot, said there were nine people in the house at the time of the shooting, and that he and his uncle were still up when the shots were fired.
He said he was just dozing off when he heard what he thought were fireworks, and was then jarred awake by his uncle holding him down to protect him from the gunfire.
Duenas said that after the gunfire ceased, he began checking on his family members and realized that his little brother had been shot.
“He had blood all over him and was screaming,” Duenas said. “He couldn’t stand up, and I had to carry him.”
He said his brother was complaining of pain to his stomach and chest.
Duenas said Luis had been shot twice—including in the lung—and has since undergone several surgeries. He said it appears the doctors will not try to remove the bullets.
The bullets that hit Luis appeared to have traveled through two walls and a door and struck the boy as he slept on the lower level of a bunk bed in the back of the home. Bullet holes could be seen on the exterior of the blue one-story house Thursday morning.
No one else was injured in the shooting. Duenas said the home’s occupants include his parents, grandmother, siblings and two uncles.
The family’s home was the only one hit by the gunfire. Duenas said he can’t imagine why anyone would target the family because he said they get along with everyone.
“We’re a cool family, we like to chill,” he said. “When we barbecue, we share our food with neighbors, and when we throw parties we invite everyone over.”
Before the East Oakland shooting, police received a report of a shooting in the 3600 block of Seminary Avenue, near Mills College Wednesday night at 11:20 p.m., and found three gunshot victims.
Two of those victims were in stable condition, and one was in serious condition.
No arrests had been made, according to police, and there was no indication the two shootings were related.
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