Drive-By Shooting Injures Riverside Boxer, Another Man During House Party: Police

A drive-by shooting left a professional boxer and a second man injured during a house party in Riverside over the weekend, authorities said Tuesday.

Izaac Colunga—listed as a Riverside-based, 24-year-old super featherweight boxer on the database BoxRec.com—fell into critical condition after suffering a significant injury in the incident just after midnight Sunday in the 6400 block of Nidever Avenue, officials said.

Riverside police said the other victim, whose name has not been released, sustained a minor injury and has since been discharged from the hospital.

Investigators don't believe either victim was targeted, and no apparent altercation happened prior to the shooting, Officer Ryan Railsback told KTLA.

"We're just having fun. We're just kids," his friend Christopher Colunga told KTLA on Tuesday.

Colunga's family said the boxer has woken up but could not move his arms or legs, Railsback added.

According to a GoFundMe page set up for his recovery, Colunga risked paralysis after being shot in the neck. The webpage described him as a local hero just two weeks away from a boxing match that could have earned him a 5-0 winning record.

The victim's mother, Carrie Colunga, said his recovery is going to be her son's toughest battle yet.

"This is gonna be the fight of his life," she told KTLA.

Oscar De La Hoya also spoke about the boxer at an event promoting an upcoming fight, The Press-Enterprise reported.

“There’s a kid who’s working his butt off to move forward in life and supply a better life for his family through boxing, and this happens outside the ring," De La Hoya said, according to the paper. "It’s tragic."

 

 

 

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