Anti-violence activist's son shot in N. Richmond

June 28, 2010 10:33:06 AM PDT
The son of one of Richmond's leading pastors and anti-violence activists was shot multiple times in North Richmond last week.

The Rev. Andre Shumake confirmed to ABC7 that his oldest son, 27-years-old, was shot six times by an armed assailant Monday afternoon at the corner of Market and Giaramita Streets.

Shumake did not want his son's name released, but told ABC7 his son was in the area to see friends and was riding a bicycle when a man stopped his car at a stop sign, got out and began firing.

Shumake's son was transported to John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek with serious injuries to his extremities.

"I can't find the words to describe sitting in the ICU and seeing my oldest son bandaged up with wires coming out of him," Shumake said. "It just takes you to a whole other level."

Shumake is the president of the Richmond Improvement Association, a faith-based organization devoted to ending violence and providing positive alternatives for Richmond's young people.

"All of those efforts that are supposed to be taking place, they are not happening," he said. "It's ridiculous."

Shumake said his son will survive, though the younger Shumake still has one bullet lodged in his body.

"We were blessed," he told ABC7.


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