RENO -- A man shot in Sparks is urging young people not to join gangs, as he promotes a charity event. Jason Carthagena was shot in the neck at an apartment building in 2011. Carthagena is now confined to a wheelchair and has limited use of his hands because of his injuries. Originally, he said he was not expected to live. He said he encountered several men who he got into an argument with, that he shoved one, and then one of individuals shot him in the neck at close range.
"Can't walk, can't move my hands, can't work," Carthagena said.
Carthagena believes the shooting was motivated by his 49ers clothing, and said his attacker might have mistakenly thought he was part of a gang.
"I was wearing all 49ers colors and they didn't like it they were wearing all blue."
Carthagena spoke to discourage people from participating in violence. He also wants to encourage people to attend at charity event to help prevent violence. According to a flyer, past and present 49ers players will take on Reno firefighters at a charity basketball game at Damonte Ranch High School Saturday. The game is at 1 p.m. and events begin at 11 a.m. Tickets start at $25. SAVE Protect Foundation and Reno Firefighters Community Assistance Program are among those benefiting from the event.
"Get a hobby, grow up go to school there's a lot of stuff in the world than to run around the streets," Carthagena said.