Boy, 10, shot 5 times at N. Highlands birthday party

11:20 PM, Apr 22, 2013   |    comments
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NORTH HIGHLANDS, Calif.  - A 10-year-old boy is clinging to life after being shot at a family member's birthday party just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

Sacramento County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a home on the 6300 block of Whitecliff Way and found the boy had been shot numerous times.

The sheriff's department said a toddler's birthday party was taking place at the home when the shooting occurred. Most of the children were in the backyard of the home when at least six shots were fired.

Ten-year-old Eric Raya happened to be in the front of the home with another child when a car pulled up and shot at them.

"It was a black car. The car just stopped and started shooting them. My brother was injured and nobody saw who shot my brother," said Monica Raya, the boy's older sister. 

Raya was hit five times, once in the stomach, and in the arms and legs, said deputies.

Another bullet grazed the arm of the second child.

Next door neighbor Bradford Rus said he and his mother were the first to help Raya moments after he was shot.

"I reached down, grabbed the ace bandage that I had on my ankle and the towel I was using earlier and just applied pressure on the wounds," said Rus.

Raya's brother Oscar said his brother is in stable condition but he is not able to speak.

"I told him to be strong because he can not speak,"said Oscar Raya.

Neighbors say the surrounding neighborhoods were not immune to gun violence, but they were shocked anyone would target this family and fire on children.

Regina, a neighbor to the Rayas, said, "I've seen the kids playing outside all the time. They're just a working family. No gang ties. There's never any fighting or kids or cars parked in front. They were just having a birthday party."

No arrests were made and deputies continued to investigate the shooting.


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