Concord shooting suspect remains in stable condition: police

A Concord man suspected of shooting an 8-year-old boy remained in stable condition at a hospital on Wednesday after being shot by police earlier this week, officials confirmed.

James Jarrard was taken to a trauma center in critical condition after Fairfield police officers shot him in a parking lot near the 3400 block of North Texas Street. The 32-year-old man was allegedly involved in a shooting three days ago that left a boy critically wounded.

At the time of the shooting, the boy was playing outside his home in the 2900 block of La Salle Avenue in Concord. After shooting the boy, Jarrard remained at large until a citizen spotted him driving and called police.

The caller provided police detectives with the suspect’s vehicle description and license plate number. An arrest warrant for the suspect was already in effect, and that he was being considered armed and dangerous.

The boy’s mother, Sarah Barela, thanked the person who led police to the suspect. She also thanked police, saying they put a smile on her injured son’s face for the first time since the shooting.

Once Jarrard is released from the hospital, he will be taken to Solano County Jail. He is expected to be charged with attempted murder in addition to possession of a vehicle, resisting arrest, possession of some banned substances and parole violation.

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