4 charged in Back of Yards shooting; Youngest victim improving

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3-year-old Deonte Howard continues to recovery at Mt. Sinai Hospital where a team of doctors is trying to make him whole again, inside and out.

His mother, Shamarah Leggett, spoke to the media Tuesday night and said her son is doing well.

“I’m really happy, I’ve been praying for this. I want to go see them face to face and talk to these people,” she said. “They shouldn’t even be able to get a bond. I think it’s crazy. Man, they just need to stop the violence. It’s beyond out of control,” she said

Deonte was the most seriously injured last week when four gang members shot 13 people allegedly out of revenge.

22-year-old Byron Champ is the one who allegedly fired a military style rifle into the crowd of people on a basketball court in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.

Prosecutors say Champ got the gun from fellow Blackstone gang member Kewane Gatewood.  Detectives believe 22-year-old Tabari Young was recruited and brought a hand gun along.  Brad Jett was the alleged lookout.

Champ was grazed by a bullet earlier in the day by a rival gangster disciple.

4 charged in South Side shooting that injured 13Champ had been in trouble before.  In July of 2012, he was convicted for unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.  He was only sentenced to boot camp.

Police Supt. Garry  McCarthy says had the laws been tougher, Champ might still be in jail and Deonte Hunter would be home with his mother.

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