Nearly two weeks after being shot in a quiet Elk Grove neighborhood, Jamil Barron remains in the hospital – paralyzed from the neck down.
Barron, 19, was shot while he stood in the driveway of a home in the 5300 block of Harvest Moon Court around 8:10 p.m. on Jan. 23, according to Elk Grove police.
Authorities said a white vehicle was seen leaving the area, but investigators have not established a suspect description or any leads. The shooting is part of a rash of violence that has shaken the Sacramento suburb in recent weeks.
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Gregory Jefferson, Barron’s godfather, appealed this week for witnesses to come forward with tips. Jefferson expressed dismay over recent cases of youth violence in the Sacramento area, including the slaying of Jaulon “JJ” Clavo, a Grant Union High School football player.
“We need to address this issue of youth violence,” said Jefferson, who is also president of the Del Paso Heights Community Association. “I’m two generations removed; we would have never dreamed of having a gun, let alone shoot it at somebody.”
Jefferson described Barron as “very community-oriented,” noting that he previously volunteered at civic events. He is a former member of the city of Sacramento’s youth commission.
Family and friends have maintained an around-the-clock vigil at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, South Sacramento. While Barron cannot talk or move his body, the teen cried when Jefferson told him he was praying for him.
Jefferson attended a press conference last month unveiling large billboards that urge people to come forward with information about Clavo’s killers.
Clavo, 17, was driving back to Grant Union High School with a few friends when he was shot at the busy intersection of Silver Eagle Road and Mabel Street in North Sacramento during daylight hours. Sacramento police are still searching for leads in the case.
Jefferson blamed some of the region’s shootings on modern-day culture that glamorizes violence.
“Today’s youth are inundated with violent toys and movies,” he said. “I think that kind of desensitizes them to these events.”
In recent days, Barron’s condition has deteriorated. He is suffering from an infection, his godfather said.
“We are people of faith,” Jefferson said. “But it doesn’t look good at all.”