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Boy, Family Still Smiling Despite Freeway Shooting Tragedy


A young boy is still making his family smile even though he was shot by a stray bullet on an Oakland freeway last month and was paralyzed from the neck down, according to a GoFundMe fundraiser established Thursday for his medical expenses.

Asa, whose last name his family wishes to keep out of the news, was shot on the evening of July 14 while in a vehicle on eastbound Interstate Highway 580 near Harrison Street.

The bullet that hit Asa came from gunfire exchanged between two other vehicles, according to the California Highway Patrol. Asa’s family was unsure if he would live.

“Asa is not only alive, but he’s making us laugh, reading his favorite books and requesting songs by Imagine Dragons,” the fundraiser says. “His intellect, his spirit, and his love of life are very much intact.”


The family expects Asa’s medical expenses in the next 11 to 12 months to total more than $1 million. As of midday Friday, the fundraiser at had collected more than $357,000 of a $500,000 goal.

Organizers of the fundraiser, which includes Asa’s family, describe him as a soccer enthusiast and math whiz as well as a devoted brother and friend.

“We are profoundly relieved that our boy is alive and very much himself,” family and organizers said.

“We are also starting to understand the vast implications of his new reality,” they said. “Moving forward, Asa will require a mechanical respirator to live, tube feeds for nutrition, and 24-hour, around-the-clock nursing care.”


Organizers said they are “fiercely committed to doing everything” they “can to help Asa thrive.” They want him to return to home life and school, calling him energetic, creative and high-spirited.

The family estimates that the costs for a smooth homecoming for Asa will amount to more than $250,000.

“Never in a million years could we have predicted how Asa’s life — and all of our lives — would change so quickly, and completely,” family and organizers said. “We are grieving, grateful and angry.”

The family said they are also aware of a community of support around them.


“Your support has buoyed our spirits and given us all strength in a moment of profound tragedy and transformation,” they said. “We hope you never know pain like this. At the same time, we hope that you may know (as we now do) the exquisite gift of children’s resilience.”

Asa is among at least three children shot recently on Bay Area freeways. Toddler Jasper Wu died in a shooting on Interstate Highway 880 in Oakland in November 2021 and 5-year-old Eliyanah Crisostomo died in a shooting in April on Interstate Highway 880 in Fremont.


Ricardoh August 4, 2023 - 3:48 PM - 3:48 PM

First off it is good he can smile but why does family have a nickel’s worth of bills. The city where he was shot should pay through the nose for everything forever. If they are not paying that is outrageous.

AJ August 5, 2023 - 10:06 AM - 10:06 AM

@Ricardoh, you think the tax payers should pay for 1 citizens criminal act? That’s a bit absurd in my opinion. That line of reasoning would be a slippery slope. If they’re responsible for gun violence, then they may as well have control over guns.

I don’t agree with that. Though I’m liberal democrat, I believe a gun owner is responsible for their weapon and they need to find the person responsible for this, and sue them for damages civilly, well as criminally. Will they get the money from someone blasting on the freeway? Unlikely. But it’s the principal.

Instead, I would hope a hospital would just continue charging everyone $59 for a bandaid, and $3,000 for a CT. And use that inflated pricing structure to help a family like this out “pro bono”

Ricardoh August 5, 2023 - 3:04 PM - 3:04 PM

So if someone shoots you on the freeway you think you should go bankrupt while they hunt down the shooter who hasn’t two nickels to rub together. Our government is supposed to keep us safe and if they can’t or won’t as in this case they should pay.
I agree with the ridiculous charges for medical treatment at hospitals. Even Kaiser is skinning medicare. A recent family member saw the charge for a fifteen minute MRI was over $5000.00. However it is not the hospitals job to pay for the cities crime. I have often wondered who is paying for the care of 20 or 30 people shot in Chicago every weekend. Crazy A world.

Ricardoh August 5, 2023 - 10:35 AM - 10:35 AM

Well I am happy to see two people will pay their own medical bills if they are shot on the freeway while just driving down the road. Idiots.

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