CHICAGO — A man charged in the Fourth of July shooting of a 7-year-old boy in Chatham's Cole Park was ordered held without bail by a Cook County judge Wednesday.
On Independence Day, the boy was at a family barbecue in the 300 block of East 85th Street around 7:30 p.m. when Marshan Bradley opened fire, striking him in the left side of his neck, prosecutors said.
The shooting occurred at "a reasonable time for a 7-year-old to be at the park celebrating with his family," Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Erin Antonietti said.
Bradley was seen by family members giving "menacing looks" from the passenger seat of a blue Pontiac that passed by the gathering three times, prosecutors said. After the third pass, Bradley emerged from a nearby alley and opened fire.
Two of the bullets hit the 7-year-old, authorities said.
Four witnesses later identified Bradley in a photo array and lineup as the shooter, Antonietti said. Bradley, now charged with aggravated battery with a firearm, was on probation for drug charges at the time of the shooting.
But a woman who identified herself at Bradley's "baby momma" claimed Wednesday after the hearing that she has proof that her boyfriend is innocent of the charges.
Laura Wilson, 20, said she and Bradley were together the night of the shooting.
"He was with me and my son," said Wilson, claiming she had time-stamped photos with Bradley in them. "It wasn't him; he was with me."
The little boy was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center initially in critical condition, authorities said. He is "doing better" and recuperating at home, said Officer John Mirabelli, a police spokesman.
The boy was one of at two children seriously hurt by gunfire during holiday celebrations that day. Jaden Donald, 5, was shot in a West Pullman park, and someone was charged in his shooting a couple days later.