Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Monday, January 2, 2012

5-year old boy shot while helping father in Oakland

5-year old Gabriel Martinez was helping his father at their family's taco truck when a man and woman ordered food then started shooting.  The boy was killed.  From the article (which also has a video):

Gabriel Martinez, Jr., 5, was killed while helping his parents at their taco truck Friday evening.

Family and friends stood silent at the corner of 55th Avenue and International Boulevard where someone walked up to the Los Amigos taco truck, ordered food and then opened fire.

Gabrielito, as many called him, was there with his parents who own the truck. The little boy was near the back of the truck helping his father carry sodas when the shooting started.

"He touched him and saw blood on his hands, so he started screaming, 'my kid got shot, my kid got shot,' and the wife started screaming, 'he's got a gun, he has a gun, call the cops,'" said truck employee Ricardo Rodriguez.
The shooter and his female companion got away.

"Everybody wants to know why did he do it," said truck employee Maricela Chavez. "Did he shoot straight-up at the kid? I mean, come on, he was with his dad helping his dad!"

As the memorial of stuffed animals and candles grow, so does the frustration.

Gabrielito is the third child under the age of six to be mudrered in Oakland since August. Carlos Nava, 3, was killed by a drive-by shooter while riding his toy truck on August 8, and on Dec. 9, 23-month-old Hiram Lawrence, Jr. died after being shot during a gang-related shootout.

1 comment:

  1. Criminals get guns, and criminals do awful things.

    Why focus on the guns?


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