Across the street from Harmony Road Music School in north Oakland, California, Jared Adams, 24, apparently was not thinking. Apparently Jared attempted to rob a Chevron gas station attendant. Sometime during the process, Jared Adams apparently fired a gun. The results were disastrous for fifth-grader Christopher Rodriguez who was sitting down at his piano for his weekly lesson. Bullets can't think. They fly until they hit an object or until they run out of propulsion. Thursday, the bullet went through the walls of Christopher's classroom, pierced his kidney, spleen and lodged in the 10 year old's spine. According to his physicians, he will likely be permanently paralyzed from the waist down thus forever changing his life.
Jennifer Rodriguez, Chris mother had been waiting outside in her SUV for her son's lesson to end. Apparently two bullets from Adams' gun struck her vehicle. At first she thought someone had thrown rocks at her SUV. When she realized it was gunfire, she dashed into her son's music school to see Christopher on the floor. While police were chasing Adams, his vehicle hit another car carrying a woman and her two children and then slammed into a parked car. Fortunately the woman and her children escaped without serious injury. .
Adams was charged this week with attempted murder, robbery, evading a police officer, driving recklessly and being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm. Adams has a past record of driving under the influence, gun possession, and felony evading arrest in 2006.
Harmony Road Music School will hold a benefit concert for the Rodriguez family February 10 at 2 p.m. at Chapel of the Chimes.
While all suspects are presumed innocent, I don't believe even Clarence Darrow could save Adams from a lengthy stay in prison.
Update 1-31-08 There is a Star-Studded Benefit Concert to raise money for Christopher Rodriguez and his family on March 24th at Yoshi's Jazz Club at Jack London Square in Oakland. Shows at 8 and 10pm. Show includes: John Santos, Kai Eckhardt, Roger Glenn, Frank Martin, Narada Michael Walden, Carol Alban, Anton Schwartz, the Baguette Quartette, the Oakland Jazz Choir, members of the Bay Area Chamber Symphony and other guest performers. Please visit www.myspace.com/benefitconcertinfo or Yoshi's website www.yoshis.com or call (510)238-9200.
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