Marine veteran in serious condition after shooting near Calif. golf course

By DAVID DEBOLT | Contra Costa (Calif.) Times | Published: August 2, 2014

ANTIOCH, Calif. — A 32-year-old decorated former Marine was shot multiple times near an Antioch golf course early Friday.

Police went to Golf Course Road at Judsonville Drive at 12:21 a.m. on a report of gunfire and found the man yelling for help, according to Lt. Don LaDue.

The man was shot several times and was taken to a hospital, where he was in serious condition Friday afternoon but expected to survive, LaDue said.

The man has been identified as Brandon Del Fiorentino. His journey from dangerous combat zones in Iraq, where he was a Marine scout sniper and sergeant, to his struggles when he returned home a wounded Purple Heart recipient living with his grandmother in a cramped Southern California home, was captured by this newspaper in 2012.

Like many Americans, Del Fiorentino's life changed the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Then 19 years old, the San Jose native known by friends and family as "Del" enlisted.

In 2004, while stationed in Husaybah, Iraq, an explosive detonated by insurgents threw Del Fiorentino from a Humvee, he told this newspaper in 2012. He was knocked unconscious and suffered major injuries to his head. He was later awarded the Purple Heart.

In civilian life, Del Fiorentino struggled physically with back and spine injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder. Financial woes came, too.

Living at his grandmother's house in Southern California, his luck changed in June 2012 when a military group moved him and his wife and two children into an Antioch home -- mortgage free. The four-bedroom, 2,719-square-foot home came courtesy of Military Warrior Support Foundation's "Homes 4 Wounded Heroes" with the help of Bank of America, which owned the home.

On his first tour of the home, Del Fiorentino said, "It's beautiful. My heart's just going 1,000 miles an hour right now."

The home is about three blocks from where Del Fiorentino was shot several times early Friday.

No arrests had been made as of Friday night, and police were trying to determine if there was one gunman or multiple shooters.

The shooting was the latest in what has been a violent week for Antioch. At 4 a.m. Thursday, a gunman fired through the window and door of a West Fifth Street apartment, wounding a 23-year-old woman as she slept. The woman was shot in the back of her neck and survived, according to police.


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