8-year-old boy seriously injured in shooting during parade in Highland Park – NBC Chicago

An 8-year-old boy who attended the Independence Day Parade in Highland Park with his family was seriously injured on Monday when a gunman fired into the crowd, his family said.

Cooper Roberts was shot in the chest and suffered serious injuries, including a severed spinal cord, family spokesman Anthony Loizzi said.

Cooper was airlifted from the parade and taken to a hospital in Chicago, 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 during the parade.

Dr. Roberts was kicked in the foot and leg, had surgery and was released from the hospital at her request so she could be by Cooper’s side, Loizzi said. Luke was injured by shrapnel and was released from hospital.

More than $181,000 has been raised for Cooper to help pay for medical bills and therapy.

“Little guy is fighting as hard as he can,” his family said on a fundraising page. “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.”

Loizzi said of Cooper’s condition that “it will be a new normal for him going forward”, noting that it is unclear whether he will walk again.

“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, according to Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart.

NBC Chicago

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