3-Year-Old Shooting Victim Released From Hospital

Deonta Howard discharged, but afraid to go home

By Dick Johnson
|  Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013  |  Updated 10:58 PM CDT
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Deonta Howard shot in cheek during mass shooting, staying at undisclosed location.

Deonta Howard shot in cheek during mass shooting, staying at undisclosed location.

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The 3-year-old boy wounded in a mass shooting on a South Side basketball court last week was discharged from the hospital Wednesday.

Deonta Howard was shot in the cheek in the shooting at Cornell Square Park that left 12 others wounded.

But Deonta didn't head home. His mother, Shamarah Leggett, refused to back to their house, fearing for their safety after the violent shooting six days earlier.

"I don't feel safe. I know they definitely don't feel safe because he don't want to go back to the park," Leggett said.

Doctors say the boy will need to undergo surgeries until he's 13, and currently has stitches in his jaw, eye and nose.

Deonta was scheduled to start pre-school at Fulton Elementary School Monday, but school officials say they'll save his seat.

Tabari Young and Brad Jett, both 22, were each charged Tuesday with three counts of attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm. They join Bryon Champ, 21, and Kewane Gatewood, 20, who were charged Monday evening.

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