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Family of man shot during break-in no stranger to tragedy

Jeremy White remains in the intensive care unit after thieves broke into his home and shot him once in the chest. (Source: family photos/KRON/CNN) Jeremy White remains in the intensive care unit after thieves broke into his home and shot him once in the chest. (Source: family photos/KRON/CNN)

OAKLAND, CA (KRON/CNN) - Jeremy White could have easily been killed by that bullet that pierced his chest, but he's glad to be alive. However his life may never be the same.

White remains in the intensive care unit after thieves broke into his home and shot him once in the chest.

The bullet "hit his lungs, very little lung damage. (It) went through his lung and came out through his spine," said Marvin Jones, the victim's great uncle.

The 30-year-old was caught off guard.

"He was coming out of the shower and heard this noise," Jones said.

Jones said his family has dealt with a number of tragedies over the years.

His niece was killed for a $10 sweater, a nephew was almost beaten to death, and his brother was murdered by his girlfriend "the day before mothers day in front of my parents. They witnessed this," Jones said.

"This is going to be a very challenging journey for my niece, for all of us," Jones said.

And now they're dealing with this.

"it's very difficult. It's painful," Jones said.

White's wheelchair-bound mother, for whom White provides care, wasn't home at the time, but now there's a grim reality that White may be in the same predicament once out of the hospital. It's too soon to tell whether White will walk again.

Jones' message to the culprits is think about what they have done and turn themselves in.

"Think about what your grandparents and your great-grands are saying right now," he said.

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