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Shot Toddler's Mother Decries Violence

The April 1 shooting in South Shore wounded two children and their grandmother



    Danesha Atwood lived a nightmare the night her son was shot. Her mother and young nephew were also injured. Now she's making a plea to the community. Christian Farr reports. (Published Thursday, April 10, 2014)

    A South Side Chicago woman whose son, mother and nephew were shot earlier this month is speaking out publicly about her ordeal.

    Cousins Kayden and Kamari, aged 3 and 5 respectively, and their grandmother, Eileen Atwood, were walking in the 2500 block of East 78th Street on April 1 when all three of them were shot by somebody in a gray SUV.

    Danesha Atwood says she'll never forget the day when she got the news that her family -- including her son, Kayden -- had been shot.

    “It was terrifying, like any any other mother that gets news saying that her 3-year-old has been shot,” Atwood said.

    Adult, Two Children Shot In South Shore

    [CHI] Adult, Two Children Shot In South Shore
    Witnesses say the gunman fired from and SUV and sped off. Nobody is in custody for the shooting.
    (Published Tuesday, April 1, 2014)

    Kayden was hit in the shoulder. Kamari spent more than a week recovering at Comer Children’s Hospital recovering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Eileen Atwood was shot in the left leg and remains at Northwestern Hospital. The bullet remains lodged in her pelvic area.

    "My mom, she's hurt. Sometimes she blames herself about what happened," Atwood said.

    Atwood says the two cousins still relive what happened the night they were shot.

    "He was basically a Power Ranger. That night, him and my nephew ... that's what I just reminded him of when I went to go see him, he was just a Power Ranger ... fighting, and just ended up getting hurt a little bit," Atwood said.

    She's hoping someone is arrested very soon.

    “Whoever knows anything, it would be nice to come up and speak out because if we don’t speak out, it’s going to continue to happen. It might be your family next," Atwood said. “You are just messing up a child’s life. This is something that he will remember.”