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Chicago Halloween shooting victims struggle with treatment, seek more help

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Three of the 14 children who survived the shooting on Halloween night finished school, attended daycare, and celebrated their 12th birthdays about a month after the West Side shooting. It is said that there is

A mother of three (an 11-year-old girl and brothers, ages 3 and 13) shared heartbreaking details with Tribune as they begin the long process of rebuilding their lives.

Meanwhile, the rest of the survivors, including a woman who was hit by a car while escaping a hail of shootings, have been released from hospitals, taken off work, charged with doctor’s bills, and rehabilitated into seemingly never-ending rehabilitation. I am facing a reservation for.

At Tuesday’s “Healing Talks”, many of the victims said they did not receive meaningful help to deal with their physical and emotional trauma. They asked for more community support and donated We asked people to donate to a GoFundMe that received very few donations.

Vicki Patterson wipes away tears as others speak during a service on healing at Good Hope Free Will Baptist Church in Chicago on November 22, 2022. Several members of the Patterson family were injured in the Halloween shooting.

Pierre Riley died from a gunshot wound received in the attack. Police said the case remained unsolved with no arrests made.

Brothers Demetrius, 13, and Demyan, 3, don’t talk much about the shootings on California Avenue and Polk Street. He died suddenly of complications from surgery.

Both boys were shot in the right leg.

“They are doing well,” said their mother, Shamikis Patterson.

Demetrius studies at home and keeps up with eighth-grade classes, while Demyan is a “very busy 3-year-old” who has returned to daycare without friends and is still afraid to go outside, says Patterson. said. “He’s so scared he doesn’t want to leave the house.”

Demetrius can’t go to school yet because he can’t feel his legs.

“He can’t keep his balance. He’s walking on a walker,” Patterson said. “They say he’ll make a full recovery, but it’s so frustrating because they’re so young.”

The boys “had a great time” this month at a friend’s birthday party for an 11-year-old girl who was shot during the attack, the mother said.

“He kept saying, ‘I don’t want to go near fireworks.’ He just doesn’t understand that they aren’t fireworks,” Patterson said.

The out-going infant was in his mother’s arms when the attack occurred. They “fall to the ground” and Patterson pulls him under the wheels of a nearby car and hides as sparks fly.

That’s when the bullet apparently ricocheted off the bag she was wearing and hit Demyan’s calf. Patterson was not shot.

Numbified with terror, she gave the infant to her sister, only to find out afterwards that Demetrius was also among the victims.

“Don’t panic,” someone said to her.

A wave of guilt rushes over Patterson. “Originally, I never intended to attend the memorial service, so I keep apologizing to them,” she said.

But Patterson said Demetrius pleaded with her not to blame herself. “It’s not your fault,” he tells her.

Neighbors walk away from the crime scene during the shootings at Polk Street and California Avenue on the city's West Side on October 31, 2022.

The 11-year-old girl attended a Halloween party just before an all-nighter and was surrounded by relatives and friends, said her mother, Tiffany Patterson. At her mother’s request, her identity has not been released due to her safety concerns.

As they prepared to leave, Patterson began trying to collect her.

“I was looking for her so I could tell her to go get her stuff, and that’s when the shooting started,” Patterson said. “She wasn’t out. She wasn’t there.”

When Patterson found the girl, the 11-year-old girl was holding onto Patterson’s 66-year-old mother by the side. both had been shot. They managed to take refuge in a nearby house, lying on the floor and comforting each other.

A shocked Patterson watched as his daughter calmly pulled the bullet out of her calf.

“She was speaking normally and acting like nothing had happened,” Patterson said.

Ms. Patterson didn’t want to wait for an ambulance, so she scooped her up and went outside. After hearing gunshots and people screaming, the Good Samaritan who lived down the street offered to help. “He took us to the hospital,” she said.

At Mount Sinai Hospital, emergency room staff put a grandmother and granddaughter in side-by-side rooms.

The girl returned home early the next morning, and her grandmother, Bobby Jean Curry, returned home two days later with four holes in her lower back.

Bobby Gene Curry watches TV with his granddaughter on Nov. 18, 2022 in Chicago.

When she returns to the real world, her focus continues to be caring for her grandmother and enjoying her new 12-year-old status.

“She changes bandages and does everything for her. She can’t move around much,” Patterson said of her mother.

Patterson wondered how his daughter would put the tragedy on the back burner.

“I don’t know,” said Patterson. “I think about it every day.”

Sherrith Patterson, the woman who organized the vigil that night, said the family had recently GoFundMe accountas of November 22 people raised $345 of the $100,000 goal. Most shooting victims are close family members and friends.

The last two people to be released from the hospital, Contina Phillips Patterson, 48, and Lakita Kent, 34, were sent home on Nov. 15, according to Patterson, who was shot in the attack.

Sherrith Patterson is recovering from a gunshot wound sustained in a shooting at her home on Halloween on November 4, 2022 in Chicago.

Kent, who was not shot, crouched between the two cars when the shooting started. “One car took off and dragged me out onto the street,” she said.

“No broken bones or anything like that. I got skin grafts for my wrists and hands — they were really bad scrapes when I was dragged,” Kent said.

What happened next is a blur, but Kent tried to get up, believing he was still conscious.

“I realized my breathing wasn’t on track, so I lay down. Some people helped me down the street until an ambulance came and took me to Stroger,” Kent said. I was.

Reflecting the ordeal, Kent has decided not to do any further balloon releases or similar events.

For Contina Phillips Patterson, still inexperienced after losing her two sons in a violent car accident on Chicago’s Near West Side in June 2019, the whole situation is a reflection of how lucky she is to be alive. It made me realize that I am.

“I’m trying. I’m trying. I’m fine – I’m home,” Phillips said. I’m glad you came to

Contina Phillips Patterson (middle) shows a photo of her gunshot wound to Sharika Patterson at Good Hope Free Will Baptist Church in Chicago on November 22, 2022.

Sherrith Patterson’s sister, Phillips, said she underwent multiple surgeries and skin grafts on her left leg.

“I can’t lift my leg. “I pray that I will be able to exercise that nerve.”

At Tuesday’s “Peace Circle,” Phillips-Patterson wore a hospital bracelet around her wrist. She walked on crutches and her sister limped her leg.

Victims spoke of where the bullet landed: hip, leg. And most devastating are children. They wiped their tears and pointed out that even though politicians and reporters appeared first, they didn’t have much support.

The Patterson family’s GoFundMe has barely raised any money. They said it was frustrating to have to ask for donations to get the medical and psychological support they needed after the mass shooting for unknown reasons.

Victims and friends speak about the shooting during a healing gathering at Good Hope Free Will Baptist Church on November 22, 2022.
Chellis Patterson reflects on her recovery from a gunshot wound at her Chicago home on Nov. 4, 2022.

Good Hope Freewill Baptist Pastor Cornelius Parks, who hosted the debate, said that support for victims has not been delivered in any meaningful way, and that leaders and institutions across the city are to blame. , said.

“You can provide resources and force[victims]to get them. But what about you coming where they are?” he asked. The community tries to make this look normal, it’s not normal for mass shootings of this magnitude to happen.

Terry Young, vice president of anti-violence group Blackmen United, said the reaction to the shooting was markedly different from the natural outpouring of support after the Highland Park shooting.

“They didn’t ask people what they needed. They came and provided everything for them,” he said.

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Victims called psychologists for children and public donations. Some said they wanted to see the person who shot them punished.

The $15,000 reward offered by police to mass shooters is insufficient compared to the $100,000 reward offered by the construction team to find the person who put the noose in the Obama Presidential Center.

“I haven’t spoken to the police. I haven’t heard a word. My family hasn’t heard anything,” she said. “This feels like it’s been swept under the rug.”

The Patterson family GoFundMe will be shared among the shooting victims, the family said. www.gofundme.com/f/the-patterson-family-fundraiser-healing-process.

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