Man Charged In July 4th Shooting Of 7-Year-Old Boy
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Updated 07/10/13 – 2:22 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) – A Chicago man has been charged with shooting a 7-year-old boy, as the child was attending a family barbecue on the 4th of July.
Marshan Bradley, 21, has been charged with one count of aggravated battery for allegedly shooting Christian Lyles at Cole Park last Thursday.
Bond was denied for Bradley at a hearing on Wednesday.
Christian was shot in the neck as he was at a family picnic. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in critical condition, but he was released from the hospital over the weekend.
The boy was with a group of 60 to 70 other people near 85th Street and King Drive when two men pulled up in a car and one of them opened fire. Police have said the boy was not the intended target; he was standing near suspected gang members when he was shot.
The two suspects fled the scene. It was not clear if Bradley was the suspected gunman.
Community activist Andrew Holmes said Christian’s family saw a vehicle circle the park several times before someone in the car opened fire.
The park where he was shot is across the street from where Chicago Police Officer Thomas Wortham IV was shot and killed three years ago, in front of his parents’ house.
Wortham had been working to make that park safe for kids in the Chatham neighborhood.