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Woman struck by a stray bullet while sitting inside her Richmond on Waller Av may be paralyzed

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A young woman who was struck by a stray bullet while sitting inside her Richmond home over the weekend may be paralyzed from her injuries, a police sergeant said today. Police are offering a $15,000 reward for any information about suspects in the Saturday night shooting that sent the 19-year-old innocent bystander to the hospital, Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said.

The woman was inside her home in the 3800 block of Waller Avenue around 8:40 p.m. when gunshots broke out on the street. One of the bullets came through the home’s walls, striking her in the elbow and the back, Abetkov said. She was rushed to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where she is in stable condition but doctors are “concerned about possible paralysis,” the sergeant said.

Abetkov said neither the victim nor her family have any criminal history or enemies believed to be behind the shooting, which does not appear to have been intended for their home. Police responding to the shooting Saturday night were unable to locate any suspects, and found only bullet shell casings at the scene. According to Abetkov, the victim had been working full-time and saving money to buy Christmas gifts for her family members.

“Unfortunately, here is someone who is trying to spend time with her family, and this happens,” the sergeant said. “This is something we take very seriously, and we hope that someone would come forward,” she said.

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