A mechanic who was shot Monday over a dispute about an East Oakland parking space says his dog saved his life.
Jimmy Martinez, who lives in an RV with Chata, a 4-year-old pit bull mix, was attacked by a man ordering him to move his vehicle, according to a statement by the nonprofit People, Animals, Love and Support East Bay (PALS).
An argument occurred on the 4700 block of E. 12th Street around 12 p.m., police said. The man pistol whipped Martinez in the head and then opened fire, striking Martinez in the hand, police said.
Hearing the commotion, Chata bolted out of the RV, only to be shot twice in the face, PALS East Bay said. The man then fled.
Martinez was taken to a hospital and is in stable condition.
PALS East Bay said two bullets entered the dog’s mouth and exited her body through her jaw and neck respectively. Although Chata is stable after having undergone emergency surgery, bullet fragments have been left behind. They need to be taken out so Chata’s jaw and wounds can be treated and she can eat and drink, according to the nonprofit.
To that end, PALS East Bay has created a GoFundMe campaign to support Martinez – who they said cannot work due to his wounds – and Chata.
With surgery, the dog can recover. Without it, doctors suggest she be euthanized.
“We cannot let that happen to such a hero,” PALS East Bay wrote on GoFundMe.
The nonprofit’s goal is to raise $10,000. So far, 11 people have contributed $560.
“Jimmy is convinced had Chata not come out when she did, the man would have kept firing at him. Chata saved Jimmy’s life, and now we want to help save Chata’s life,” PALS East Bay said.
Oakland police are investigating the crime.