This is just too much… Chicago gotta get it together. It’s like a warzone.
Via Gawker reports:
Thirteen people were shot Thursday night at a park in Chicago, including a three-year-old boy who was shot in the head. Twelve of the 13 victims remain hospitalized, including five in serious or critical condition, with the 3-year-old the most seriously injured.
The three-year-old was identified by family members as Deonta’ Howard, or Tay Man as he was more often called. The Chicago Tribune reports that Howard was shot in the ear, with the bullet exiting through his mouth, though he did not suffer brain damage, according to the boy’s pastor.
Howard’s uncle, a Chicago rapper named Jerome “J Money” Wood, was shot to death on Labor Day, just two weeks ago. “I can’t catch a break,” the boy’s aunt, 18-year-old Lavada Hardeman told the Chicago Sun-Times.
The Sun-Times reports that a woman identified as the boy’s grandmother — and the deceased rapper’s mother—was at the crime scene, berating police. “You . . . . cops can’t solve shit,” she said.
Two teenagers were also injured in Thursday night’s shooting, which, according to the Chicago Tribune, took place at 10:15 p.m. in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. Chicago police have not released any information about the shooting, except to say that it appears to be gang-related.
Julian Harris, a witness and one of Howard’s uncles, described the scene to the Sun-Times.
“They hit the light pole next to me but I ducked down and ran into the house,” Harris said. “They’ve been coming round here looking for people to shoot every night — just gang-banging stuff. It’s what they do.”
Here’s a breakdown on the injuries via the Chicago Tribune:
The victims’ ages, sexes and injuries were, according to Police News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines:
The 3-year-old boy, shot in the ear, in critical condition at Mount Sinai;
A 17-year-old girl, shot in the foot, condition stabilized at Holy Cross Hospital;
A 15-year-old boy shot in the arm, stabilized at Holy Cross;
A man, 27, shot in the leg and wrist, serious condition at Mount Sinai;
A man, 24, shot twice in the stomach, serious condition at Mount Sinai;
A man, 21, shot in the leg, serious condition at Mount Sinai;
A man, 41, shot in the buttocks, serious condition at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital;
A woman, 33, shot in the shoulder, condition stabilized at Northwestern Memorial Hospital;
A man, 31, shot in the buttocks, condition stabilized at Northwestern;
A woman, 23, shot in the foot, condition stabilized at St. Anthony Hospital;
A man, 37, shot in the leg, in good condition at Stroger;
A man, 25, shot in the knee, in good condition at Northwestern;
And a man, 33, who drove himself to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park with a gunshot wound to the leg and who was treated and released.
We’re praying for all of the victims, especially lil Tay Man whose family members say hated haircuts but was very smart…
Deonta’–pronounced Deontay–nicknamed Tay Man, has a dislike for haircuts, one cousin said.
“He didn’t like haircuts because he has a big head,” said Porsche Chester, a cousin of the boy’s. “But he is extremely smart. He didn’t have that (head) for nothing.”
Sad. We’re praying everyone is able to make a full recovery.