A shooting in Chicago on Sunday morning left a 7-year-old boy hospitalized after he was shot on his way to church with his parents.

Seven-year-old Legend Barr was shot dead outside the Universal Community Church, where his grandmother is a pastor, just before 11:30 a.m. The shooter was hiding in the pastor’s SUV when he fired at Barr and his parents as they parked their vehicle.

“Just as we turned into the street, the guy pulled out this really big machine gun and started shooting at the car. My son was in the back yelling, ‘I’ve been shot,'” his mother, Keshawana Barr, told Fox 32 Chicago. .

“I saw that [bullet] shot through my pants, and my favorite shirt I got for my birthday was destroyed,” said Barr, whose femur was shattered by the bullet while in a hospital bed.

The suspect was later arrested by officers who were in the area at the time of the shooting.

“I want to commend our 5th District officers for their quick response,” Deputy Chief Larry Snelling told ABC 7. »

According The Christian Post, Barr is the 5th child to be shot while sitting in the back of a car in Chicago this year. The other four who were shot, however, died.

It is also the second time the Universal Community Church has suffered a shooting this year. In July, three people were shot dead in a drive-by shooting while a funeral was in progress.

“Let’s start reporting these people who are out here shooting and killing children, killing each other, killing any human being,” Snelling said.

Barr, who loves to play basketball, will undergo surgery for his broken femur.

“His recovery will take months and I will be off work for a while. It happened at the worst time. We have to be away [of] our apartment by October 15, and now I won’t have the income I need to get around and pay our bills until [his] recovery is complete in a few months,” wrote his mother, who started a GoFundMe campaign for her son.

“Everything helps us find another home and also get Legend the care services he will need after his stay in the hospital after the operation. My whole family is traumatized and hurt by this senseless act of violence,” added Keshawana.

So far, the online fundraiser has raised $4,308 of its $5,000 goal.

In a Facebook post, Keshawana said she hopes the man who shot her son “goes to jail for life.”

“My baby’s life has been at a standstill for months. He has to have sticks put in his leg because his femur was shattered by the bullet. I was so scared and traumatized, and my baby doesn’t Mentally not well and in so much pain. All of our children, my husband and my mother were in our car when this guy shot at our car for no reason,” she wrote.

“Please keep my whole family in your prayers, it’s more than I can even handle right now. No man should have to run his 7-year-old son covered in blood through[to] the hospital because he was shot,” she continued. “He’s just a child. It’s our baby. Everyone thinks they’re so cool to do stuff like that, and they’re not. I can’t even take a break. I am hurt. I’m mad. What am I supposed to do[?] I don’t even understand that.”

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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer. He is also the co-hosts of the For Your Soul podcast, which seeks to equip the church with biblical truth and sound doctrine. Visit his blog Blessed Are The Forgiven.

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