2 Children Hurt in Chicago Barbershop Shooting Released From Hospital

Lorenzo Matthews, 11, and his brother, 12-year-old Michael Smith, were injured in the Jan. 16 shooting

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Two young brothers wounded in a shooting last week at an East Garfield Park barbershop have been released from the hospital.

Lorenzo Matthews, 11, and his brother, 12-year-old Michael Smith, were released Saturday from Stroger Hospital, according to family spokeswoman Dawn Valenti.

Matthews is recovering from gunshot wounds to his back, abdomen and arm, Valenti said. He’s already undergone at least two surgeries.

The boys were among five people shot Thursday at Gotcha Faded barbershop, 234 N. Pulaski Rd., when two gunmen sprayed gunfire from outside. About 30 people, including a toddler, were inside.

Three other people in the barbershop were also hit by gunfire.

The boys' mother, Cierra Mobley, said she was waiting for her son to call when they were ready to be picked up, but instead got a call saying he had been shot.

"I was actually speechless, because this was my kids' very first time going to this barber shop, and I was hurt due to the fact my kids were hurt," said Mobley.

Mobley on Monday offered a message to the two gunmen who wildly shot into the barbershop and changed her family forever.

"I don't know if the shooters would have the same feeling as me, a mother," she said. "I just know that you guys did something to some innocent kids."

No arrests have been made, according to Chicago police.

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