3-year-old Injured in Park Shooting Discharged

CHICAGO (AP) -- The youngest victim of a shooting in a Chicago park that left 12 others injured has been released from a hospital.

Three-year-old Deonta (dee-AHN'-tay) Howard, one eye swollen and a bandage covering part of his face, was discharged from Mt. Sinai Hospital late Wednesday.

Deonta has had two surgeries, and his mother, Shamarah Leggett, says he may have to undergo additional surgeries to repair the damage caused by the shooting. A bullet struck the preschooler's ear and exited through his cheek.

Two suspected gunmen and two others have been charged in the Sept. 19 shooting at a park in Chicago's Back of the Yards neighborhood.

Police said all four suspects were charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery. Investigators identify the shooters as 22-year-old Tabari Young and 21-year-old Bryon Champ.


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