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11-year-old shot while sleeping in Oakland home

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POSTED September 20, 2012 9:21 p.m.

OAKLAND  (AP) — An 11-year-old Oakland boy struck by a bullet as he lay sleeping in his bed early Thursday was in serious condition following multiple surgeries.

Luis Duenas Hernandez was on the lower mattress of a bunk bed when at least one person fired more than a dozen shots inside his East Oakland home shortly before 1 a.m., family members said.

One bullet traveled through his parent's bedroom, then past a hallway before hitting the boy in the chest and then lodged in his liver, the boy's family said.

He was rushed to the hospital where he's since had at least four surgeries, his mother, Ana Dalia Hernandez, said. She told reporters that doctors have decided not to remove the bullet fearing further damage.

"They didn't want to take the bullet out," Hernandez said. "I don't think they want to damage his organs. The bullet is staying there permanently."

The boy and his parents, two sisters, two brothers and two uncles have lived at the home for five years. They were all asleep when the gunfire erupted.

"Out of nowhere I heard a loud noise like big old fireworks. Then I heard my uncle saying 'get down, get down.' So I got down, but I guess my brother didn't get down," said Francisco Hernandez, the victim's brother, told KGO_TV.

"They were shooting at my mom's room and then it went through the door where my brother was sleeping and he got shot in the chest," Francisco Hernandez said.

The boy ran down the hallway in his plaid boxer pajamas dripping blood and screaming until his uncle, Joaquin Hernandez, grabbed him.

"He couldn't get his balance, so I had to hold him," Joaquin Hernandez told the San Francisco Chronicle.

"I was just telling him, 'Hold on amigo, stay with me,'" the uncle said. "There was a lot of blood, he was getting pale. He kept saying, 'Nino, I am getting weak.' And I was like, 'No, no, hold on, amigo.'

"I could stick my finger in the hole," the uncle continued. "I tried to apply pressure, but he kept screaming that it hurt."

Paramedics arrived and rushed the boy to the hospital.

The family does not believe their home was targeted.

But police don't believe the shooting was random, though they do not yet have a motive, Officer Johnna Watson, an Oakland police spokeswoman, said Thursday.

"It appears this home was targeted due to the fact that multiple gunshots hit the home," Watson said.

No arrests have been made.


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