7-year-old shot in West Garfield Park
BY MITCH DUDEK AND BRIAN SLODYSKO Staff Reporters August 18, 2013 9:52PM
Updated: September 20, 2013 6:36AM
A 7-year-old boy is recovering after he was shot Sunday night, carrying a bicycle into his family’s West Garfield Park neighborhood home.
Tavion Jackson was struck by two stray bullets on the front steps of the home in the 4200 block of West Fifth Avenue, according to authorities and the boy’s family.
He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, Fire Media Affairs said. Police said the boy was in good condition.
Outside the hospital, Tavion Jackson’s mother said he was OK.
Other relatives said Tavion had just returned from a picnic on his bike and was carrying it up the front step. That’s when a white car pulled up, and two men on the street started shooting at the car and hit Tavion instead, according to the boy’s uncle, who didn’t want to give his name.
Tavion’s mother told the uncle that Tavion went inside and said, “Mama, I’m shot.”
Tavion didn’t start crying until he saw blood on his arm, his uncle said. “That’s one tough boy,” he said.
The uncle said Tavion was shot in his arm and under his arm; one bullet passed through him, but another bullet left a fragment lodged inside.
“They always get the wrong guy,” he said, referring to the gunmen.
Other relatives described Tavion as a joyful boy who is always smiling.
His aunt, who didn’t want to be named, said: “This is too much. Too much shooting. Too many innocent kids shot for no reason.”
Asked for her reaction to the shooting, Tavion’s grandmother said: “Just get the bastard who shot him.”
Near the shooting scene, LaVelle Tubbs, 21, said he knew the boy from the neighborhood and called him a “good-natured kid.”
Tubbs said he was walking to play basketball when he heard two shots and saw a man flee through the courtyard of Charles Sumner Math and Science Community Academy. Moments later, he saw Tavion lying on the ground as crying family members tended to him.
No arrests have been made.
Contributing: Jordan Owen