Reporting Courtney Gousman
CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Police have now charged a suspect with the shooting that left a five-year-old boy in critical condition.
Darrell Chambers, 24, is now facing three counts of attempted murder, and three counts of aggravated battery.
Chambers lives in the West Pullman neighborhood, not far from the park where he opened fire. Police say he was positively identified and has been in custody since the day of the shooting as the man who shot 5-year-old Jaden Donald and two men.
Witnesses say Chambers stood across the street from Cooper Park in the midnight hour following the 4th, and started spraying bullets into the park.
Five-year-old Jaden Donald is in a sedated coma at Advocate Christ Hospital breathing on a respirator after Friday’s early morning shooting.
Outside the hospital, his mother and members of their church, The Lighthouse, prayed for his recovery.
“I know my baby’s gonna make it through. I’ve got a lot of faith that I know he’s gonna be ok,” said Jasmine Dillon-Donald, Jaden’s mother.
5 year-old Jaden was hit twice and has been fighting for his life in Christ Hospital.
His mother, who witnessed the shooting that night, says her son’s spleen, kidney, and pancreas has been removed.
Family members realize the littlest victim in all this has a long road ahead of him.
“If my little nephew makes it through this, he will have some complications. That’s a little body and a big bullet,” said William Dillon, the victim’s uncle.
Chambers was denied bond in a court appearance Sunday morning.