OAKLAND (CBS SF) – An 11-year-old who was wounded by gunfire while he was sleeping last week returned to his family’s East Oakland home Wednesday after six days in a hospital and said he’s looking forward to playing video games.
Wearing an Oakland Raiders hat and sprawled on a couch at the light blue ranch-style single-story home in the 200 block of Makin Road, Luis Duenas Hernandez said he’s feeling less pain that he did when he was struck by two bullets just before 1 a.m. last Thursday but he’s still in enough pain that he won’t return to his sixth grade classes at the Alliance Academy Middle School for a while.
“I’m going to take my time because I still have pain in my stomach,” Luis said Wednesday afternoon, moments after returning home from Children’s Hospital Oakland.
He said, “I’m going to take it easy and practice walking around before I’m ready to go back to school.”
Pulling up a black t-shirt he was wearing, Luis displayed wounds in his torso and chest areas.
Angelina, his 13-year-old sister, who was sitting next to him, said Luis underwent several surgeries but doctors decided not to remove the bullet that struck him in the torso and lodged in his liver.
Oakland police said suspects fired about 16 rounds into Luis’ family’s home last week. They haven’t disclosed the motive for the shooting or whether the suspects specifically targeted Luis’ family.
There were nine people in the house at the time of the shooting but Luis was the only person who was injured.
Sgt. Chris Bolton said investigators are still pursuing leads in the shooting but can’t divulge further details because they don’t want to compromise the case.
Angelina said Luis’ 16-year-old brother, Francisco Duenas, covered the bullet holes in the home’s exterior with white plaster.
Luis said, “I don’t feel as safe” as he did before the shooting and he doesn’t want to sleep in the same room where he was shot.
He said he plans to sleep in Angelina’s room for now and she said she doesn’t mind that under the circumstances.
As she sat next to Luis on the couch, Angelina was holding their 4-month-old sister, Arleny, who smiled at a group of reporters who came to their home.
Angelina said Arleny was in one of the rooms that was hit by gunfire and she was wakened and frightened by the experience.
When he was being treated at the hospital, Luis received many visitors at the hospital as well as balloons with messages expressing hopes that he gets well soon.
Luis brought the balloons with him to his family’s home, which is decorated with numerous family photos. Among them is a photo of Luis’ cousin Anthony Hernandez, who is a Marine now on assignment in China, according to Angelina.
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