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CHICAGO (AP) — A 5-year-old boy who was struck in the face last year by a stray bullet fired during a drive-by shooting accidentally shot himself in the hand this week with a gun his father had obtained illegally, Chicago police said Wednesday.

Kavan Collins found the loaded, uncased gun under a mattress in an upstairs bedroom and shot himself Tuesday evening in the finger, police said.

The boy’s father, Kevin Collins, was arrested late Wednesday on several felony gun charges and six misdemeanor counts of child endangerment. Police said the 25-year-old convicted felon’s gun had a defaced serial number — something that is commonly done to illegal guns to make them more difficult to trace.

Collins is expected to appear in bond court on Thursday.

The child was listed in good condition at Comer Children’s Hospital — the same hospital the boy was taken to in June 2016 when he was shot in the face as he and his mother walked down the street on the city’s South Side.

The boy’s mother, D’Antignay Brashear, told The Associated Press last year that she was holding the boy’s hand when she heard the sound of gunfire and looked down to see a bullet had fractured her son’s jaw and shattered some teeth before it went out his other cheek.

“I don’t know how to explain it to him,” the mother told the AP for a story last July about children who are victims of Chicago’s gun violence. “How do you tell a kid, ‘Oh, you got shot.'”

Police said a 28-year-old woman inside a residence was also struck in the shooting, which happened when someone fired from a passing vehicle. Police said neither the woman nor Kavan were the intended target.


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7 thoughts on “Chicago Boy Shot Twice In Separate Incidents

  1. specialt757 on said:

    I’m pissed because there is no statement from the mother concerning the second gun shot incident. I’m not blaming her necessarily, that part just might be missing from this story. If this mom is not mad about her son being shot a second time from a gun she allowed in her home, THAT, is a problem. Her baby daddy got an illegal gun under a mattress and I guarantee you this baby saw his dad put it there. Can we say IRRESPONSIBLE!!!! It’s the whole damn family’s fault. This kid doesn’t stand a chance, his momma don’t care and his daddy “sho don’t”
    I’m sorry sometimes we just got to call this s**t like we see it. THIS, is some bullsh*t. Sorry azz mofos…smh

  2. Yet next election season Chicagoan’s especially AA’s will be told “this is the most important election of your life” and reelect the same people who allow this genocide to continue

    • This is NOT a goverrnment problem or who we elect problem, it is a FAMILY problem. If someone wants to act up, they will. it is just like God give us free will. It is what we choose to do and I will not blame no politician for that issue. Cops can do only so much, elected officials can do only so much, etc.

      • In the case of Chicago the Police due to POLITICAL pressure are doing nothing and this is the result of it

  3. I don’t even have words to describe how insane this is! No where on earth should any 5 year old child be able to say that they’ve been shot once, let alone twice, and in two separate incidents! Our kids deserve SO much better than this! We’ve all got to do better by them!

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