ROSELAND — A 22-year-old man is facing felony charges after a 7-year-old boy was wounded in a shooting in Roseland.
Kentrell Gayden was charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm Tuesday. He is scheduled to appear in bond court Wednesday.
At about 11:20 a.m. Sunday in the 10800 block of South State Street, the boy and some relatives were going to church when one of the relatives saw inside through their parked car, police said.
When the relative confronted the person, he took out a gun and opened fire, wounding the boy in his leg, police said. The boy was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital.
Gayden was arrested about 40 minutes after the shooting, police said.
The boy’s mother, Keshawana Barr, told WGN her son, Legend, underwent nearly four hours of surgery to insert rods and plates to repair his shattered femur.
The family started a GoFundMe to help pay for medical expenses. Barr wrote on the fundraiser page Legend’s recovery will take months and she will be out of work. The family is facing a deadline to move out of their apartment and will not have income to move and pay their bills, Barr said.
Well-wishers have donated over $4,800 as of Tuesday afternoon.
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