SAN DIEGO (CBS) — Police on Tuesday said a Southland boy is recovering after he was shot with a crossbow bolt after throwing rocks at a passing car outside his home.

Officer Dino Delimitros told the Associated Press the boy and a friend were throwing the rocks outside his home in the Linda Vista neighborhood Monday afternoon when a passenger in a black Toyota RAV4 pulled out a crossbow and fired.

The boy, whose name and age have not been released, was shot in the abdomen and taken to a local hospital, where he is expected to recover from his injuries.

Police are still looking for the shooters and no arrests have been made.

Comments (85)
  1. Margaret C. says:

    Talk about a disproportionate “punishment.” People, whether they are kids or not, should not be throwing rocks at cars. But putting dents in a car over a person’s life? Injuring them? It’s not only the kids who messed up here..

    1. lesson learned says:

      I bet that kid won’t be throwing anymore rocks at cars

      1. cloudnine says:

        You are soooo right!! It’s sad but true…You said it lesson learned the real HARD way 😦

    2. dontthrowrocks says:

      you’d be right if the worst possible consequence of rock being thrown at passing cars would be merely “dents” and no life threatening situation could possibly occur due to the rocks

    3. Duh! says:

      Pain is a great teacher.

      Remember the kid who got caned (being hit with a bamboo staff) in Singapore for vandalizing cars?
      He hasn’t been doing that anymore according to follow up reports.

      Disproportionate or not, if the kid was not throwing rocks at cars in the first place, he would not have been shot by a crossbow.

      The only people who spout off about “cruel and unusual punishment” are the people planning to commit crimes and want to try to make their punishment as easy as possible when they get caught.

    4. Robert Curry says:

      Car occupants HAVE BEEN KILLED by thrown rocks in the past! I see this as appropriate, and JUSTIFIED, self defense! The kid was old enough to do serious injury or cause death by throwing the rocks!–He got what he deserved, he should consider himself lucky it was not more serious, and his PARENTS need to do a better job of parenting!

    5. Robert Curry says:

      TRUE story follows: About 25 years ago, an 8 year old neighbor kid carved his initals in my car, and a few others on my block! He was SEEN doing it by another neighbor, and when we confronted his parents about the incident, his mother cursed us out, told us to “Mind our own business” and slammed the door in our face!–THAT kid, who seemingly never reformed, was found shot to death, about 20 years later, 2 blocke from his home, at age 28.–Perhaps better parenting or severe punisment at age 8 might have saved him?? Too late to tell now!

      1. PatricParamedic says:

        Robert –

        Thanks for the clarity.

        As a Medic, I can underscore your sentiment 100-fold. My partners & I have responded to countless thousands of these kinds of cases, and the single constant is that the typical American primate doesn;t learn much from what’s going on around them. We see the products of these rock-throwing mental midgets every day of the year. And generally, somebody’s bleeding.

        So now, on those rare visits to San Diego these days, I see a ghost on practically every street corner.

        It is exasperating beyond belief.

    6. David says:

      When I was a child, one of my friends lost his sister and mother in a car accident after someone through a rock at their car, and it shattered the window. the father lost control of the car and it flipped. in many places throwing rocks at a car is attempted murder. the “punishment” in this case seems very appropriate to me.

    7. lucy f. says:

      Hey lady. people get killed by these poor innocent victimized weaponless thugs. I don’t see you saying anything about them! I wish I knew how to use a crossbow…

    8. Kurt says:

      That kid got what he had coming to him and I am certain he learned a valuable lesson. If the driver has called the cops, there is a good chance that the kid who threw the rock wouldn’t have even been caught or if he had been caught he probably would have received a slap on the wrist. Only a degenerate would throw rocks at a cars and this kid deserved to be on the receiving end of that crossbow!

    9. jerky says:

      true…I threw a rock as a kid once…hit a little girl in the head and made her bleed…her father was very unaturally forgiving….my father on the other hand was not. and rightly so….I was an idiot and didn’t think of the fact that throwing a rock at someone could cause they serious injury or this case what if the rock hit someone in the head and caused them to crash and die or hit someone else…

  2. John Holmes says:

    What comes around goes around. He was lucky he was not killed. Sometimes you don’t know that you might mess with the wrong person.

    1. PatricParamedic says:

      John –

      You are absolutely right about idiots sometimes choosing the wrong person to play street games with.

      About 10 years ago in Palm Springs, my partners & I responded to a gunshot victim outside a B of A bank after dark.

      It seems the dying fellow on the ground had decided to rob the pretty young woman standing with her back to him at an ATM, pulling out all those $20 bills. I guess he just couldn’t help himself.

      The pretty young woman turned out to be an off-duty cop from Phoenix, and she shot Sammy-Stupid in the chest twice, point blank.

      I recall watching the blood squirt through the chest holes and onto my hands, as we went through the ridiculous Kabuki dance called CPR on a crook.

      At some point, this society might make the conscious decision to step back in line with natural law, at least one of which is, “You don’t save the inferior phenotypes. They tend to reproduce.

      1. ketracel says:

        Just wanted to say I love the way you express yourself. where can I buy your book?

      2. Knews5 says:

        Yes, you really write well. I’ll bet a book of your adventures in your career would make a great novel!

  3. Eric Kent says:

    Yeah the punishment does not fit the crime here. The proper thing would have been to take him to his parents and make his parents pay to fix the cars he damaged. Who knows this little boy could be the future inventor of a cure for cancer and he was just killed because he was throwing rocks at cars. Now I don’t really believe that but you just never know luckily for the boy he did not die but he could have very easily.

    1. jkaang says:

      Or the next Hilter

    2. Paul Castillo says:

      I do agree with what you are saying. However one has to think. Before these kids think of doing anything stupid in the future, don’t you think they will have second thoughts?

    3. Parents Are Afraid says:

      @ Eric Kent – You don’t realize how many parents these days will insist it wasn’t their kid doing it, even though you saw them with your own eyes. Too many parents will alibi their kid’s wrong doing. So I honestly don’t think taking this stupid kid to his parents for damage compensation would have done a lick of good. Parents just don’t punish these days; they’re too busy being their kid’s friend. I don’t think a crossbow was the answer either though. Perhaps the police should’ve been called.

      1. m says:

        @parents…i agree with everything you’ve said. parents should “parent” and that means making unpopular decisions and punishment. i know if it was reported to us that our son was hitting cars with rocks, give me the estimate and there goes his allowance, or he’d be doing chores (at home and for others) to satisfy that debt.

    4. PatricParamedic says:

      “Take him to his parents.”

      How exactly would that little scenario play out? Ridiculous statement on its face.

      1. Eric Kent says:

        @Patric Paramedic well I guess I didn’t understand that many kids are being raised by wolves these days. I am going by what my parents would have done to me if I had ever been so stupid to do something like that. I can guarantee my folks would have made me hope to never even see another rock in my entire lifetime and I love them for that today. I’m 47 and look back on my parents with a smile they were strict at times but kept me out of the most serious trouble.

      2. Eric Kent says:

        And I have to ask why is that a ridiculous statement take him to his parents and if they refuse to do anything then you call the cops. Your ridiculous in your face! Jerk!

    5. herpadero says:

      I think we can safely assume this kid is far more likely to be a spreader of disease than a curer. Also by your logic, we should not kill criminals/terrorists/Hitler because they might do something good at some point

      1. Eric Kent says:

        No that is not the logic my logic is assuming he is a young man 10 or 11. You don’t know what logic is obviously as there is no linkage to what you said and to what I said.

    6. Duh! says:

      How do you know he is little? No age was released for the kid.

      He could be 6’3″, 280 lbs, and age 17.

      Or were you the other kid throwing rocks?

    7. Kurt says:

      The kid who was throwing rocks is 16 years old and is old enough to know that what he was doing was wrong. He is a no-good punk and to suggest that he is going to do something great such as curing cancer is laughable at best.

  4. FAITH says:

    Wow, now that’s a way to make a statement.

  5. MaxKweef says:

    As sad as that situation is, I am glad the kid got shot with a crossbow vs a gun. It could have been a lot worse for the poor kid and he should be happy to be alive. Even if the kid was totally in the wrong (as I’m sure many of us have done stupid things like that), people have to realize that dents in a car < a person’s life.

  6. Ray says:

    HAHAHA stupid a-s kid should stick to nintendo. I have no pity sorry

    1. Bill G says:

      Xbox is better

  7. wobbles says:

    Someone got medieval on that bad little kid.

  8. JAWS says:

    Too bad he is going to recover…because he’ll be out there doing it again!!!!!!!

  9. Brian Nevin says:

    I have been a victim of kids throwings rocks at my car while driving home in the middle of the night. I was in shock when a rock landed on my windshield, created a crack, and I can get eyes or bodily injured by the rock or the broken windshield. These kids are crazy but hurting them is just an evil act. But yes like always Karma will come back and get you.

    Parents need to see that if you have trouble kids that’s can be their only punishment, otherwise they will continue to throw rocks at people. Now this kid gets a second chance in life, will he learns from it depends on his destiny and how his parent will help him be a better kid.

    1. Craig Wilson says:

      20 yrs ago my wife and I were on a motorcycle west of downtown LA, Kids walking home from school threw rocks at us. I was hit in the leg. I did not go down but I did turn around and give the group a piece of my mind. I di not know who exactly threw the rock. I could have been killed and my wife too. The kid deserved the cross bow shot. Many other examples I could give you. My wife’s car, windshield cracked by kids with rocks. At the beach, end of Imperial Hwy LA some kid threw blindly a rock over the high walls of the Lifeguard Maint bldg. A bloody lifeguard came running out. He thought I and my friend did it but the real culprits were long gone…

  10. lala63 says:

    Since his parents obviously failed at raising him correctly and to know right from wrong … this incident may be the thing to save his life. Now he knows that if he behaves badly there is a consequence to doing so. Any kid who is throwing rocks at cars is WELL on his way to doing other criminal / BAD stuff.

  11. Travis Mogren says:

    LOL… Serves him right, he wont throw rocks at car’s anymore will he…

  12. Smokey says:

    Stooopid is as stooopid does. Kid could have caused a serious crash or killed someone. Now his parents who obviously failed in raising him correctly will blame everyone but themselves and the kid. Too bad his parents didn’t practice birth control.

  13. Jimmy says:

    LOL!! Serves the little punk right!

  14. Pedro says:

    It is hard hitting a moving car with a rock, much harder hitting a kid with a crossbow. Good jobs to both of them, now go find that cancer cure,

  15. Charlie says:

    My kid grew up throwing rocks, i took it easy on him thinking he would cure cancer one day. Now i have a 40 year old son who sits in prison. Shoulda whup some sense into him.

  16. Mary says:

    Good! I hope he learned his lesson – people work hard for what they own and no one wants their car dented by rocks – people are sick of this nonsense.

  17. anonymouse says:

    I bet that kid still hasn’t learned his lesson and will throw rocks at cars again. The punishment needs to be harsher than the crime or else kids forget these days.

  18. Monet Sykes says:

    Yea I agree, this kid WILL not be throwing rocks any longer. Lesson learned. I hate when people have sympathy for someone who goes around terrorizing and then something happens to them everyone wants to feel sorry for him. STOP THROWING ROCKS and you wont get shot…

  19. Will says:

    I don’t feel bad for that kid at all. I agree kids do something things, but this is out of line. I’ve seem too many stupid kids doing stupid things. Don’t blame anyone else but there parents. For those of you who thinks going to there parent is a good idea. Try it yourself when it happen to you and i’m sure there parent is just as bad as there kids.

    1. Will says:

      Correction: “I agree kids do stupid things”

  20. Erika Hasbach says:

    People still use crossbows?

    1. Lu J says:

      Modern crossbows are used for bowhunting, target shooting, scientific studies, and also in paramilitary and modern military. They’re not the old ones, but people definitely still use them.

    2. John Estrada says:

      They don’t make as much noise as a gun.

  21. Michael J. McDermott says:

    Should have hit him in the AS$.

  22. Edgar Alvarado says:

    I blame Obama…

  23. mark silvers says:

    I’d like to say I feel sorry for the kid…..but I can’t.

  24. Dennis In San Diego says:

    I live a stones throw from Linda Vista and I like this! the future Felon made Bad Choices and the passer-by offered a lessen while the kid was still in his formative years. Obviously the kid got the point. This situation likely shall save the Tax Payers a Fortune over that kids lifetime

    1. Michael J. McDermott says:

      Yes, I must say “he certainly got the point”. Well done Dennis.

  25. Peacetrain says:

    A dent to the car might look petty to you but it could have gone through the window, hitting the guy in the head, causing serious if not fatal damage. Besides, the guy with the cross bow is probably a doctor trying to find a cure for cancer and use to throw rocks as a kid.

  26. PatricParamedic says:

    ketracel –

    Bless you for the kind words. There are lots of places to buy it, but to be fair, the least expensive is probably online. either Barnes & Noble or Amazon Books.

    “America’s Dumbest Doctors: is available as either hard copy or E-book.

    Please do keep writing.

  27. krg says:

    Just curious. Who drives around with a loaded cross bow?

  28. Craig Wilson says:

    I saw a young adult male buy a crossbow at the Big 5 recently. I wish I’d asked him why. But now I see why. In LA you need to be locked and loaded.

  29. JM says:

    It seems like the kid will be ok…although a crossbow was maybe a bit too harsh…but by the same token “you play, you pay”. So f-it he got what he deserved.

  30. jdawg says:

    No arrests made? What about arresting the stupid kid for throwing rocks at cars?

  31. John Jason Chun says:

    Stupid Chain of DNA…. Mom, Dad, Kid, Grand Parents!!…

  32. PatricParamedic says:

    Knews5 sID:

    “Yes, you really write well. I’ll bet a book of your adventures in your career would make a great novel!”

    Wow, you guys are making my week.

    FYI, a novel is a ways off, but “America’s Dumbest Doctors” is has been out a while and doing well. I’m currently looking for new Daffy Doctor stories.

    Thanks so much for the kind words.

  33. Sittine Bull says:

    Maybe he was Indian?

  34. PatricParamedic says:

    Eric Kent –

    I’ll make you a deal: Next time you see someone else’s kid acting like a street punk, why you just go on over and convince him it’s in society’s best interest to show you where he lives.

    Then report back to us all just how well that worked that worked out for you.

    And I’ll retract my observation.

    1. Eric Kent says:

      Patric Paramedic-
      You really just proved to me that you are an idiot. No where in any of my postings did I ever mention anything that comes close to what you just said. By the by if you are a Paramedic our world is REALLY in sad shape. You can stick with your observation that shooting a kid with a crossbow is reasonable punishment for throwing rocks at cars. I just hope that if I ever need a Paramedic it is not you.

      1. PatricParamedic says:

        Eric –

        You really do need to learn to read better.

        Nothing I’ve said implies I believe being shot by a crossbow was “reasonable punishment.”

        But your contention that adults in this incident could get out of the car, peacefully approach kids throwing rocks, and then walk them calmly to the parents, is naive. It might have worked when you were a kid. Those days are over.

        I can see a dozen different results in that scenario, and 11 of them are bad.

        Our differences – you & I – is that I’ve worked the “mean streets” for 30 years. I’ve managed thousands of cases that have similar aspects of this case. I’ve seen the situations escalate, and I’ve had the blood of countless hundreds of people on my hands. I know what misery confrontation causes, and I know the exasperation people feel when they are being victimized by street punks.

        You could benefit your outlook immensely by doing a few Paramedic ride-along shifts on a Friday night.


  35. Mike says:

    Someone’s going to think twice about throwing rocks again. Sometimes you have to learn the hard way.

    1. not today says:

      still doesn’t give the shooter the right. My gosh, what is wrong with csulb?

  36. UCLA Beat CSULB says:

    No one is in the right. The kid was wrong and the truck driver should have called the cops and reported it.

    1. Eric Kent says:

      @UCLA Beat CSULB My contention all along is exactly what you just said Sir. But I said it should have been taken to his parents well I guess I will have to think twice before I want to take someones kids misbehavior to his parents. As I have been verbally taken to task by 25 HATERS on this topic. Oh well it has been an eye opener on how hateful people are these days.

  37. Eric Kent says:

    @Patric Paramedic I hope I never develop your callous attitude towards humanity. Your quote about “Doing this ridiculous Kabuki dance called CPR on a crook” really show where your head is at and I pity you for it. But on the other hand you somewhere have picked up a belief that you are qualified to judge who is fit to save and who is not “You don’t save the inferior phenotypes they tend to reproduce” What gave you the authority to know what is an inferior phenotype? As I said before you are an embarrassment to Paramedics but if your attitude is indicative of all Paramedics then I truly pray I never need a Paramedic. Sincerely Eric Kent PS Don’t get me wrong both parties in this case are wrong they both belong in jail at this point. The kid deserved to go to Juvenile Hall at the least maybe adult jail at the most as throwing rocks at cars is VERY SERIOUS and someone could have been killed by his stupid actions. The guy who shot the kid deserves jail for attempted murder at the very least.

  38. PatricParamedic says:

    Eric –

    As I said, you really need to invest in a street education. A word to the wise:

    Citizen Ride-along, be it metro law enforcement or EMS, but for Pete sake, spend some time out there. Your comments smack of beauty pageant, rose-colored views of reality. If you think a violent robber shot in the chest gets the same level of emergency care as an innocent patient with a heart problem, you’re too frail of mind to be driving.

    And you clearly have no idea how similarly silly traumatic CPR vs Kabuki dances really is. You may want to do some homework on survival rates, because frankly you sound like somebody who watches too much Grey’s Anatomy.

    Speaking of your education, reading comprehension is pretty important, and you appear to have a problem with that, too, i.e.:

    “You somewhere have picked up a belief that you are qualified to judge who is fit to save and who is not .’You don’t save the inferior phenotypes they tend to reproduce.'”

    You conveniently ignored the previous 8 words:

    “NATURAL LAW, at least one of which is . . . ”

    Eric , , , Eric . . . Eric. I’ll write this slowly so you can hear it clearly:

    I . . . didn’t . . . write . . . Natural . . . Laws.

    If you really do have a problem with the downside of “inferior phenotypes” breeding, put the blame here:

    “Charles Darwin – “On the Origin of Species” written in 1859.

    MY contention in this entire chat is that a very large reason for our societal woes, is the fact that Americans continues to ignore Natural Laws.

    We’re creating our own demise as a nation.

    No matter. Prior to medical school & 30 years on the streets, I was as naive as you are.

    It doesn’t make you a bad person,

    1. Eric Kent says:

      @ Patric Paramedic. You are truly an idiot.. Why would I want to ride along with murdering LAPD officers. Your attitude reeks of a cops outlook no wonder I don’t like anything about you.

  39. Speedstan says:

    Meanwhile, after the mystery bow shooting, a black SUV was spotted speeding back to the reservation…

  40. PatricParamedic says:

    Eric –

    Only a mental midget paints all of law enforcement with a broad brush of hatred. If you don;t recognize the fact, then you need more medical help than I carry in my little bag of tricks.

    The fact is, if you spent anytime with them at all, you might see why so many over-react the way they often do.

    Those cops with bad attitudes weren’t born that way. They developed them after dealing with the street-crowd. I don’t defend it – I simply understand cause & effect.

    How many lives have you saved recently?

  41. Steve says:

    As mentioned, too many parents deny it’s their kid. In my neighborhood we had some kids, from the same home, who were vandalizing and causing terror. I finally called the mother up and told her to control her kids or the cops were coming. She of course denied everything. So, I went around the neighborhood and told everyone to pull out the camera and video her little kids causing mayhem. I then told mom that she could deny her kids were at fault and give a false PR and then we would all show the cops the pictures and have her arrested foo. Interestingly enough, her kids stopped causing problems. I venture that a cross-bow bolt will stop this family from causing probloems in the future too.

  42. Ronnie says:

    I knew we would get to the Road Warrior stage.

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