A 5-year-old Chicago boy was shot a second time in 18 months earlier this week. Kavan Collins suffered a gunshot wound to his hand after getting a hold of a gun, which he found under his father’s mattress.
He was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where he was listed in good condition, according to NBC Chicago. This is the same hospital Kavon was treated in when he suffered a gunshot wound to the jaw in 2016.
Kavon was shot while walking with his mother, brother and family friend in the OBlock neighborhood in the 2016 incident. The shooting occurred when gunmen in a dark-colored four-door vehicle fired at a group of people in a building’s courtyard.
“Ever since his first tragedy, he (hasn’t) been the same,” Kavan’s mother, Dantignay Brashear, told The Chicago Tribune. “He’s growing up to think that’s what he needs for protection. And he’ll say that out of his own mouth.”
Kavon was his father’s family home with five children and other relatives. The boy reportedly told his family he was hiding a toy from his brother under a mattress in one of the home’s bedroom when he found the weapon and pulled the trigger.
Kavon’s father, Kevin Collins, 25, is now facing felony charges of being an armed habitual criminal, unlawful use of a weapon, and possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number. He was also charged with misdemeanor child endangerment.