10 Year-old Twin gunned down by Gang bangers in Chicago Lawndale neighborhood

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Kallanie Washington was on the porch with her children Monday night when someone on the street fired as many as nine shots in front of her Lawndale home. Washington ducked to her knees and had just made it through the front door when her 10-year-old son Tavon collapsed behind her.

“I can’t breathe,” he kept yelling, banging his fists against the floor, Washington said.

Washington and her sister, Harmonie Murphy, rushed to the boy’s side. “He started gasping for air,” said Murphy, 33. “His eyes rolled back… He was telling us that it was burning.”
A police sergeant ran up to the porch and helped Murphy and Washington undress the boy to find where he had been shot, according to the mother and aunt. They turned him over and saw a gunshot wound to his lower back.

Tavon’s twin sister Taniyah sat next to him, holding his hand, trying to keep him calm, according to Washington. “Twin don’t leave me, twin don’t leave me,” she kept yelling.

Tavon continued beating the floor with his hands from the pain. Then he went limp and started vomiting blood, his mother and aunt said.

The sergeant ran to his squad car and brought back a first aid bag, they said. He took out gauze and applied it to the wound, putting pressure on it until paramedics arrived and put Tavon on the stretcher and took him away in an ambulance, the family said.

Tavon was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he underwent nearly four hours of surgery, Washington said. The bullet damaged his pancreas, intestines, kidney and spleen as it entered his lower back and lodged in his chest, she said.

Doctors removed the boy’s spleen and repaired the other organs but did not remove the bullet for now, Washington said. Tavon remained in critical condition and was heavily sedated. Continue Reading

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