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Months After Being Robbed, Shot In Lincoln Park, Dakotah Earley Is Walking Again

"I am so overjoyed, and I just wanted to share this with everyone who has been there for us through this journey," wrote Dakotah Earley's mother, Joy Dobbs.

Dakotah Earley is walking again by using a test prosthesis.
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LINCOLN PARK — A 24-year-old man who had his leg partially amputated after being shot during a robbery in Lincoln Park is walking again.

Dakotah Earley was ambushed May 6 by a pair of robbers. One gunman shot him twice in his back and once in his head, and a neighbor who witnessed the attack rushed to his aid until paramedics arrived. The ambush was caught on widely shared surveillance video.

Earley had been hospitalized for months and underwent several surgeries, including a partial leg amputation and jaw reconstruction. On Tuesday, Earley’s mother, Joy Dobbs, shared on Twitter he was walking again.

“I am so overjoyed, and I just want to share this with everyone who has been there for us through this journey,” Dobbs wrote. “#DakotahEarley is walking. This is a test prosthesis but omg.”

The tweet included a video of Earley taking several steps while wearing the test prosthesis.

Dobbs has shared updates on Earley throughout his recovery. Before surgery near his jaw, which was wired shut for reconstruction, he used hand gestures and writing to communicate until he was able to talk again.

Tyshon Brownlee, 19, has been charged with attempted murder in Earley’s shooting. Police and prosecutors said Brownlee robbed and shot Earley during a spree of robberies that culminated in the shooting. Brownlee has also been charged with armed robbery.

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Joy Dobbs, mother of shooting victim Dakotah Earley, grips her notebook and reads the letter she wrote to her son’s first responder, David Hussar (middle).

Dobbs spoke about the attack in May during a ceremony thanking the neighbor who rushed to Earley’s rescue. She said she grew up in Chicago and suffers PTSD from gun violence during her childhood.

“Now, watching my son get gunned down, I don’t think it’s ever been scarier,” Dobbs said. “Watching my son on video get gunned down, it’s taken me to places I’ve thought I’m actually over.” 

The neighbor, David Hussar, awoke that morning to the sound of gunshots, he previously said. He looked outside and saw one of the robbers stand over Earley and shoot him, so he grabbed a first-aid kit, ran to Earley and called 911.

“I told him to hold on and not to give up,” Hussar said. “He was in a lot of pain, face down.”

Dobbs spent all of Earley’s recovery in the hospital with him, reading messages from his online fundraiser, which raised nearly $130,000.

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