SAN DIEGO - An El Cajon man was recuperating Wednesday in a trauma center after his 14th reconstructive surgery since Saturday, when he was shot in the face during two-city shooting rampage that also left a policeman dead.
Martin Hanna, 22, underwent extensive reconstructive surgery and was expected to recover, according to police.
"[Hana] is a good kid and has a long way to recover," his sister told Fox 5 News. Hana has lost his teeth and other identifying characteristics of his face, according to his sister. He communicates by writing and other non-verbal cues, she said.
Hana was sitting in his vehicle outside an In-N-Out fast food restaurant on North Magnolia Avenue in El Cajon when 23-year-old Dejon Marquee White approached and opened fire on him for unknown reasons shortly before 5:30 p.m. Saturday, according to police.
The community instantly came together when word spread of the shooting.
"Immediately, I went to church and started to establish prayer service," said Father Michael Bazzi of St. Peter Caldhean Catholic Cathedral. "We feel like family, when one person hurts we all hurt."
"We don't know what's going on in the investigation," his sister said. "We are learning more through the news."
Less than 15 minutes after Hana had been shot, White pulled up next to a San Diego police patrol car stopped at a traffic light at University Avenue and 45th Street in City Heights and allegedly shot the officer behind the wheel, 36-year-old Jeremy Henwood.
Henwood, a four-year member of the SDPD, was mortally wounded. He was pronounced dead of a head wound at Scripps Mercy Hospital at 1:40 a.m. Sunday.
The rampage ended shortly after 6 p.m., when police found White's vehicle near his apartment in the 4000 block of 48th Street. When confronted by officers, White allegedly grabbed his shotgun, prompting them to shoot him.
White died on the spot. A suicide note was found in his apartment, but it did not contain any mention of what he planned to do and no possible motive for the rampage, police said.
The alleged gunman's mother, Tamica Berason, expressed sorrow and regret over the shootings.
"I just want to apologize to the two other families, and (say) I'm sad that this happened,'' Berason said.
Berason described her son's actions as shocking and completely out of character.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun