Boy, 5, in critical condition after park shooting

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Chicago is coping again with deadly holiday violence: eight people have been killed since Wednesday and 30 have been wounded, including 5-year-old Jaden Donald

Jaden was shot just after midnight after someone opened fire on a crowd at Cooper Park, near 117th and Ada.

For his mother, Jasmine Dillon-Donald, there is only one question on her mind: “Why would you do something like this, why? Innocent kids, why…I just don’t understand.”

Dillon Donald said she heard about 30 rounds go off in the crowd and that she drove Jaden to Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn since the paramedics did not react quickly. Jaden’s condition is still up in the air, and his mother hopes that he will survive.

“He’s undergone surgery already, but he needs several more,” said Dillon-Donald. “He’s not breathing on his own, the machine’s breathing for him.”

Jaden was not the only young shooting victim to pay a visit to Christ Hospital after the holiday festivities. Christian Lyles , 7, was shot in the neck last night on East 85th Street in the Chatham neighborhood.

After spending the night in the hospital Lyles was released earlier Friday and is expected to recover.


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