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Man Was Shooting At Rival Gang Members When He Paralyzed 3-Year-Old: Court

By Erica Demarest | June 24, 2016 1:53pm | Updated on June 27, 2016 8:31am
 DeSean Wynn (right) is charged in the Father's Day shooting that paralyzed 3-year-old Devon Quinn (left).
DeSean Wynn (right) is charged in the Father's Day shooting that paralyzed 3-year-old Devon Quinn (left).
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COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — The man accused of shooting a 3-year-old boy on Father's Day was shooting at a group of rival gang members standing near the car the boy was sitting in, prosecutors said Friday.

The boy, Devon Quinn, was shot in his right shoulder while in his dad's car about 6:15 p.m. Sunday in the 6100 block of South Kimbark Avenue, police said.

Devon now is paralyzed from his chest down, has no feeling in his limbs and cannot breathe on his own, Assistant State's Attorney Lorraine Scaduto said in bond court Friday.

The bullet is lodged near the boy's carotid artery, and he will never recover from his paralysis or breathe on his own, she said.

Contrary to earlier reports, Devon's dad was not the intended target of the shooting, Scaduto said.

The boy and his dad were getting ready to leave after visiting relatives on the block, which is the territory of the Crank Town gang, according to prosecutors.

DeSean Wynn, 23, is a member of the Dro City gang, Scaduto said, which was calling Sunday "Dro Day" in honor of the death of a member of the gang.

Wynn drove down the block in a red car with tinted windows before he fired at least 10 shots from a .40-caliber handgun at a group of people standing near the car Devon was in, Scaduto said.

When the gunfire erupted, Devon's dad threw his body over the boy in an attempt to shield him, according to prosecutors.

Wynn drove off, but his car was caught on a police surveillance camera. It was recovered shortly after, and Wynn was arrested several days later, Scaduto said.

Wynn is charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon by a convicted felon on parole.

Wynn, of the 4400 block of South Dearborn Street, was previously convicted in a 2012 robbery case and sentenced to six years in prison. He was released on parole in September 2015, state records show. Wynn also has a 2011 gun conviction, for which he is required to register as a gun offender.

Judge Laura Sullivan on Friday ordered Wynn held without bail.

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