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Young Chicago Boy Shot, But It's Not His First Time - Dad Was Arrested

The violence in Chicago, especially on the South Side, has reached epidemic proportions. Police are scrambling in the city to figure out how to keep the chaos under control, and President Donald Trump has threatened to send in the National Guard. It's such a rough area, a five-year-old boy who was recently shot revealed that it isn't his first gunshot wound.

Kavan Collins was with his father, Kevin Collins, on Tuesday night and was accidentally shot in the hand. The five-year-old was inside a residence handing a loaded handgun. The gun had not been secured in a case or protected from the boy's reach in any way.

The young boy found the gun under his father's mattress and pulled it out. In handling it, he shot himself in the index finger.

Mr. Collins, a 25-year-old convicted felon, has been arrested and charged with one count of armed habitual criminal, one count of unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number. He was also charged with six counts of child endangerment.

Kavan was rushed to Comer Children's Hospital and treated for the wound. He's been listed in good condition and is expected to recover.

It was then revealed that Kavan had been shot before. In the summer of 2016, the little guy was shot in the face by a stray bullet.

Kavan was walking down the street near South Martin Luther King Drive around 9:10 p.m. when the family heard fireworks, then gunfire. The little boy, who was only four years old at the time, was hit in the face by a stray bullet.

In that incident, Kavan also went to Comer Children's Hospital, but was in much more serious condition. He suffered from a broken jaw due to the bullet.

On that same night, a 28-year-old woman was shot in the head from the same shooting. A stray bullet hit her when she was laying in her bed in her home. It came straight through the wall.

Thankfully, little Kavan survived both gunshots, but not all children are that lucky. In February, over a two day period, three children were killed due to bullet wounds.

In another incident, three children were killed in crossfire during a shootout. In August two 14-year-old boys were shot when someone began firing a vehicle out of a car as they passed by.

That’s just children; the list of people being murdered by gun violence in the city goes on and on. According to the Chicago Tribune, more than 3,000 people have been shot this year.

The city is like a war zone, and there doesn’t seem to be a resolution coming any time soon with political strife and division. Fingers get pointed at the local police and at Washington lawmakers, but no one has answers.

"The police department is doing their part. Where we need help is holding these repeat gun offenders who are driving much of the violence - 1,400 individuals in the city of Chicago - that are driving all the gun violence in our city," said Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.

Source: ABC 7, Patch
Photo: ABC 7

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