The youngest victim of last week’s mass shooting on Chicago’s South Side was released from the hospital Thursday and seemed to be in good spirits.
Three-year old Deonta Howard was shot in the face when two men opened fire on a crowd in Cornell Square Park in the Back of the Yards. When a reporter offered him a microphone, he said “I got shot,” and pointed to various places on his cheeks.
Deonta was playing basketball at the time of the shooting. Although the bullet entered near his ear and exited near his cheek, he did not suffer brain damage. Doctors say he will need extensive plastic surgery, but for now his family is grateful he’s coming home.