OAKLAND -- Doctors are optimistic a 5-year-old boy will regain his sight after being shot in the eye by a paintball gun Tuesday night in West Oakland.
Corrmauri Hunter was riding in a car with his mother and at least one other person in the 1700 block of Ninth Street at 6:10 p.m., when someone outside the vehicle shot at them with a paintball gun, police said.
Corrmauri was the only person hit, police said. He was driven to UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland where he underwent surgery later Tuesday.
The boy was awake, talking and playing with toys on Wednesday, and was visited by Oakland Interim Police Chief Sean Whent, who brought Corrmauri a Teddy bear, according to hospital spokeswoman Melinda Krigel. No additional surgery is expected and doctors are "cautiously optimistic" that Corrmauri will regain sight in the eye, Krigel said.
"He's extremely lucky," Krigel said. "(The doctor has) seen other injuries from paintball and BB guns to the eye and usually they are much worse."
No arrests have been made. The attacker was possibly a teenager, but why the car was shot at was not known.