The death toll in Chicago continues to rise as the summer continues. Eight people were killed and over thirty wounded during the recent holiday weekend, with the youngest shooting victim being 5-years-old.
via Chicago Tribune
With the long Fourth of July weekend not even half over, the toll from violence in Chicago stood at 8 dead and more than 30 wounded this morning, including two little boys, 5 and 7, seriously hurt while at parks with their families.
The victims since Wednesday afternoon also include a 14-year-old boy shot on the West Side, a 16-year-old boy wounded on the South Side and a cabbie shot in the stomach by a robber on the South Side.
The youngest victim so far is 5-year-old Jaden Donald, who was shot in the abdomen and right leg while with his family at a party in Cooper Park on the Far South Side shortly after midnight.
His mother, Jasmine Donald, stood outside Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn this morning in a gown, blood on her dress and shoes. She said she hadn’t been at the park long when a young man started shooting.
“Not 15 minutes,” she said.
Donald lifted her right hand and held it out, then swept it from left to right as she described how a young man shot into the crowd. “Everybody ran. The kids hit the ground. My son tried to run to me.”
She noticed he was bleeding and lifted his shirt and saw a gaping wound.
Jaden underwent surgery but “he’s not breathing on his own. A machine is breathing for him,” she told reporters outside the hospital around 7:30 a.m. The boy lost three organs, she said.
Something has got to give in the Chi….
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