Mass Shooting In Chicago Park Prompts Crowdfunding Campaign To Help Injured Victims

September 24, 2013  |  

A fundraiser on Crowd it Forward, a crowdsourcing site, has been created to help the victims of a shooting spree in a Chicago park that left 13 people injured—including a toddler.

On Sept. 19 at 6 p.m., three-year-old Deonta “Tay Man” Howard was shot in the face when a gunman fired a hail of bullets, terrorizing Cornell Square Park. Twelve other people were shot as well including a 17-year-old boy and 18-year-old girl playing in a basketball court.

A source in the Chicago Tribune described the scene: “I turned around, I heard screaming,’’ he said. “I saw Tay Man. I just saw his face. Just tore off…they almost shot his whole face off.”

“They say he’s good,” said Semecha Nunn, the boy’s grandmother told CBS News. “They going to have to do a little plastic surgery on him, but he’s OK.”

Fortunately, no victims of the Cornell Square Park shooting were killed. However, all of them have sustained injuries that are too expensive to cover. In an act of benevolence, the Crowd it Forward online fund will collect donations for the victims’ medical bills. The website says, “If we raise more than is needed to pay these bills, the remainder will be distributed to the victims upon verified proof of other financial losses not covered by other means, such as lost wages.”

The goal is to raise $2,500, half of which has already been donated with 97 days to go. The goal is modest compared to the high medical costs that will surely be incurred by the victims. The low goal is so people don’t become discouraged from giving even if their donation is small. Every little bit counts!

Little Deonta has already undergone surgery and, according to his mom, will be in the hospital for another day or two. All donations to the online fund are tax-deductible and will only be paid out to health care providers directly after all other modes of payment have been exhausted. You can make a contribution to this campaign by clicking here.

In terms of the case, four men between the ages of 20 and 22 have been arrested for the crime, including the suspected shooter. Charges include attempted murder, aggravated battery with a firearm.

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