Boy paralyzed after shot on Oakland freeway

(KRON) — An 8-year-old boy is paralyzed after he was caught within the crossfire of a rolling gun battle on Interstate-580 in Oakland, in line with investigators and relations.

Asa Luo was using in his household’s automotive on I-580 close to the Harrison Avenue exit when gunmen in two different autos started capturing at one another on July 14, in line with the California Freeway Patrol.

“Asa was struck by a stray bullet. Bullet and bone fragments pierced … and a few lodged in … the spinal column of his neck. Initially, we had no concept if our candy boy would stay,” Asa Luo’s dad and mom wrote on a GoFundMe web page.

Instantly after the I-580 capturing, Asa was rushed to Oakland Kids’s Hospital in grave situation. Melissa Neuwelt and Caesar Luo mentioned their son is a “fighter.”

“Two weeks later, Asa isn’t solely alive, however he’s making us giggle, studying his favourite books and requesting songs by Think about Dragons. His mind, his spirit, and his love of life are very a lot intact,” Neuwelt and Luo wrote.

Asa is a “soccer fanatic, math wizard, and devoted brother,” his dad and mom wrote on GoFundMe.

Asa Luo (Picture courtesy GoFundMe / Assist Asa Thrive)

Within the wake of mindless gun violence, Asa’s relations mentioned they’re feeling feelings of anger, gratitude, and grief. “His physique is perpetually modified. At this level, he’s experiencing full paralysis beneath the neck. By no means in 1,000,000 years might we now have predicted how Asa’s life – and all of our lives – would change so rapidly,” Neuwelt and Luo wrote.

Asa is dealing with a brand new actuality, requiring a mechanical respirator, around-the-clock nursing care, and extra surgical procedures.

“We’re fiercely dedicated to doing every little thing we are able to to assist Asa thrive which incorporates supporting his return to dwelling life, faculty, and being the energetic, artistic, and high-spirited 8-year-old he’s,” his dad and mom wrote.

To assist Asa transition again dwelling from the hospital, his household is confronted with greater than $250,000 in bills, in line with the GoFundMe.

The 2 suspect autos concerned within the July 14 capturing have been a darkish grey SUV and a maroon-colored SUV, CHP Lt. Slade Durham mentioned. No arrests have been made.

Asa is the third little one who has been both injured or killed by stray bullets on Bay Space freeways in recent times.

Jasper Wu, 1, was killed within the crossfire of a capturing between gang members on Interstate-880 in Oakland on Nov. 6, 2021.

Jasper Wu
Jasper Wu (Pictures courtesy the Wu household)

Jasper’s mom’s automotive was caught in crossfire when a gang member in a single automobile opened fireplace on a rival gang member’s automotive, investigators mentioned. Jasper was sleeping in his automotive seat when he was shot.

Eliyanah Crisostomo, 5, was using in her household’s automotive on I-880 in Fremont when she was fatally shot by Sureno gang members the day earlier than Easter, in line with investigators. One bullet pierced by means of Eliyanah’s coronary heart.

Eliyanah Crisostomo
Eliyanah Crisostomo

Following Eliyanah’s dying in April, Alameda County District Lawyer Pamela Value mentioned, “There isn’t a purpose younger kids ought to die on our Bay Space freeways. This habits is totally unacceptable.”

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