Truck Driver Opens Fire On Man And His Dog Over Parking Spotby Jana Ritter - Published: 12/09/2017
Any truck driver knows the frustration of trying to find a parking spot after a long day on the job but very few would handle things as savagely as one driver did in Oakland, CA on Monday.
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The incident occurred on the 4700 block of E. 12th Street where Jimmy Martinez was already parked in his RV with his dog Chata - a 4-year-old Labrador and pit-bull mix. At about 12:43 pm a truck driver showed up and was angry about the spot being taken up. He demanded Martinez move his vehicle and Martinez said the told the man he would move but it would take a few minutes because he needed to charge his battery. Apparently it wasn’t the right answer because the argument continued to escalate, prompting the truck driver to retrieve a gun from his rig.
“The truck driver just got really pissed off and said ‘Let me show you what truckers do to motherf—–s. He went to his truck and pulled out a Glock 40 caliber,” Martinez told CBS News.
According to Martinez, the suspect then pistol whipped on the side of the head, which immediately left a large gash. Then he started opening fire at Martinez and the RV. At that point Chata came running out to defend her owner and the gunman started firing at the dog instead. She was struck by two bullets in the face -one entered through her mouth and exited through her jaw and neck. Fortunately Martinez was able to escape back inside the RV and Chata was able to quickly slip back in with him as the suspect continued to open fire. Martinez said it seemed like forever until finally the firing stopped and the gunman fled. At that point he realized he had been struck in the arm, shattering many bones and leaving him unable to continue his work as a mechanic.
But Martinez was more concerned about Chata who had got the brunt of shooter’s rage. “She was bleeding real bad but she wasn’t crying. She was more concerned about me then herself. She was nuzzling me and she never let up,” he said. “If it wasn’t for the dog, I wouldn’t be here. I would not be here at all.” Although Chata survived emergency surgery, doctors say her recovery still depends on further surgeries to remove the bullet fragments in her jaw. Without the additional surgeries her ability to eat and drink will be compromised and she would have to be euthanized.
“If it wasn’t for Chata, I wouldn’t be standing here talking to you. I would be planning a funeral for my brother. So she saved him, so we have to save her,” said Martinez’s sister Diane. She started a gofundme site to help raise money for Chata’s medical bills. She also had a message for the shooter who is still at large. “I pray for you because that’s not a human being. I don’t see how you can sleep after what you did. This is the type of guy that doesn’t need to be on the streets.”
Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $7,500 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the gunman. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3426 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.