8-year-old boy paralyzed with gunshot wound after Highland Park shooting – NBC Chicago

An 8-year-old boy who attended Monday’s 4th of July parade in Highland Park with his mother, father and twin brother is paralyzed from the waist down after a gunman allegedly fired more than 70 bullets into the crowd , said a spokesperson for the family. Thursday.

“Cooper Roberts was shot in the chest and suffered serious injuries including a severed spinal cord. He is currently sedated and on a ventilator in a critical but stable condition,” family friend Anthony Loizzi said during the interview. ‘a press conference.

After the press conference, an update was posted on the family’s online fundraising page.

“After undergoing numerous surgeries, he is currently in critical, but stable condition. However, doctors have determined that he will be paralyzed from the waist down,” the update read.

Cooper was airlifted from the parade and taken to an area hospital, where he underwent several surgeries, including one Wednesday night in which “doctors were able to close his stomach,” Loizzi said.

Cooper’s mother, Zion Elementary School District 6 Superintendent Dr. Keely Roberts, and twin brother Luke were also shot and injured during the parade.

Robert family. Cooper is in the bottom right, next to his twin brother, Luke.

Dr. Roberts was punched in the foot and leg, had multiple surgeries and was released from the hospital at her request so she could be by Cooper’s side, Loizzi said.

“She told her doctors and nurses that they either had to let her go or she went out on her own because she needed to be with their son,” Loizzi said.

Luke was injured by shrapnel and was released from hospital.

More than $655,000 has been raised for Cooper to help pay for medical bills and therapy.

“The little guy is fighting as hard as he can,” his family said. “We hope he will be well, but we know his medical bills will be significant, as will the therapy that will follow. Please pray that Cooper recovers as well as possible.”

“It was a very emotional time for everyone in their circle,” Loizzi said. “And, you know, if you know Keely, she’s just a fighter. Seems like Cooper has that part of her. He fights as hard as he can.”

Seven people were killed and dozens more injured in the massacre at the Highland Park parade. The alleged shooter has been charged with seven counts of first-degree murder and is currently being held without bond, according to Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart.

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