Chicago’s out of control gun violence problem nearly claimed the life of a fifth-grader on Monday, the bloodiest day in 13 years for the city, The Chicago Tribune reports.
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Tavon Tanner, 10, was playing with his twin sister on their porch when gunfire rang out, hitting the boy in his lower back as he tried to run to safety inside his home.
The Tribune said he collapsed on the floor, struggling to breathe. Tavon underwent nearly four hours of surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital on the city’s West Side. A medical team removed his spleen and repaired several organs, but did not immediately remove the bullet that lodged in his chest. He’s in critical condition, writes the news outlet:
“I can’t breathe,” he kept yelling, banging his fists against the floor, according to his mother, Mellanie Washington.
Nine out of the 19 people who were shot on Monday died. This marks the deadliest day of gun violence in Chicago since July 5, 2003—a day on which there were 10 homicides, reports The Tribune:
More than 2,500 people have been shot in the city so far this year, a pace of gun violence not seen here since the late 1990s. There have been at least 426 homicides.
So far, the police have not arrested anyone in the spate of shootings.
18 Black Men & Youths Who Were Killed By Police
1. Trayvon Martin, 17Source:Getty Images 1 of 22
2. Jonathan Ferrell, 24Source:Instagram 2 of 22
3. Victor White III, 22Source:Instagram 3 of 22
4. Dontre Hamilton, 31Source:Instagram 4 of 22
5. Jason Harrison, 39Source:Instagram 5 of 22
6. Eric Garner, 43Source:Instagram 6 of 22
7. Omar Abrego, 377 of 22
8. Michael Brown Jr, 18Source:Instagram 8 of 22
9. Ezell Ford, 25Source:Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images 9 of 22
10. Dante Parker, 36Source:Getty Images 10 of 22
11. Kajieme Powell, 25Source:Instagram 11 of 22
12. Darrien Hunt, 22Source:Instagram 12 of 22
13. Jack Jacquez, 2713 of 22
14. Akai Gurley, 28Source:Getty Images 14 of 22
15. Tamir Rice, 12Source:Instagram 15 of 22
16. Ronald “RJ” Williams, 23Source:Instagram 16 of 22
17. Alton Sterling, 37Source:Instagram 17 of 22
18. Philando Castile, 32Source:Instagram 18 of 22
19. Gregory Frazier, 5619 of 22
20. Tyre King, 13Source:Instagram 20 of 22
21. Terence Crutcher, 40Source:Instagram 21 of 22
22. Keith Lamont Scott, 43Source:Instagram 22 of 22
SOURCE: Chicago Tribune | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Twitter