Boy Hit by Stray Bullet While Taking Piano Lesson in Oakland

A fifth-grader who was hit by a stray bullet while taking piano lessons in Oakland may never walk again.

The parents of Christopher Rodriguez say the 10-year-old boy may
be permanently paralyzed below the waist after he was shot Thursday
afternoon while sitting on a piano bench at the Harmony Road Music
School in North Oakland.

Police say the bullet was fired by 24-year-old Jared Adams, who fired three shots while robbing a gas station across the street from the music school on Piedmont Avenue.

Doctors say one of the bullets penetrated the school's wall and
tore through the boy's spleen, kidney and spine.

Adams was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, armed robbery and other charges. His girlfriend, who was in the car with him, was arrested on suspicion of robbery.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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