Boy shot during piano lesson could be paralyzed

A 10-year-old boy who was hit by a stray bullet while he was taking piano lessons could face permanent paralysis in his legs, Oakland police said today.

However, doctors at Children's Hospital Oakland, where the boy is being treated for his injuries, won't have a clear picture of the boy's medical future for several days, police spokesman Roland Holmgren said.

Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums expressed his sympathy for the boy and his family as well as outrage about the incident.

In a statement, Dellums said, “I extend my deepest condolences and prayers to the young man and his family. I am deeply troubled when anyone in this city is harmed by violence, but this shooting is especially tragic.”

Dellums said, “This is yet another reminder why public safety is on the hearts and minds of all Oakland residents and why it is the top priority for my office. I have instructed the Police Department to keep me apprised of the situation going forward.”

Holmgren said the bullet that injured the boy was from one of several shots fired during a robbery attempt at a Chevron gas station at 4400 Piedmont Ave. at Pleasant Valley Road about 4:30 p.m. Thursday and traveled across the street and into the Harmony Road Music School, where the boy was taking a lesson, according to police spokesman Roland Holmgren.

Several police officers were completing a traffic accident investigation in the area when they heard the gunshots from the robbery and citizens directed them to the suspects' vehicle, which was speeding away from the scene, according to Holmgren.

The officers chased the vehicle as it sped west on Pleasant Valley Road, continuing to the intersection of 51st Street and Telegraph Avenue, where it struck another vehicle and a parked car, Holmgren said. The driver, 24-year-old Jared Adams of Oakland, was detained by officers as he attempted to flee on foot, Holmgren said.

Witnesses identified Adams as the robber and the shooter and officers arrested him for multiple felony charges, according to Holmgren. He said Adams has a prior criminal record, including a prior gun conviction.

Officers recovered a loaded firearm in the vehicle, Holmgren said.

Holmgren said the passenger of the vehicle was identified as Maeve Clifford and she was arrested on robbery charges.

Alameda County Assistant District Attorney Tom Rogers said he will review the police report on the case Monday morning and if he decides to file charges Adams probably would be arraigned at 2 p.m. on Monday.

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