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Man charged with attempted murder in Chicago shooting

When spending time with young children, everyone wants to assure their safety. In most places, taking a small child to a park would be considered a reasonably safe activity. However, after an incident in a park in Chicago, one man has been charged with attempted murder. As of now, there appears to be little information regarding the shooting other than the injuries received and who the police believe is responsible.

The incident occurred late at night on the Fourth of July. Two men were at a park with a five-year-old child. All three were injured as a result of the shooting.

A 24-year-old man has been arrested and charged as a result of the shooting. Police claim the men were involved with gangs in the middle of some sort of turf war. In addition to the attempted murder charge, the man has also been charged with aggravated battery and denied bail.

While the injury of such a young child is unspeakable, there is a lot of information needed to determine that the man charged with attempted murder is actually the person responsible. There is no information provided that indicates how it was determined that this man is the culprit. Also, information regarding the events leading up to the shooting in Chicago has not been provided. For example, the accused man, if he was responsible for the shooting, could have felt his life was threatened and was reacting in self-defense. Regardless, prosecutors will have to convince a jury of the man's peers that he is guilty, beyond a reasonable doubt, of the crimes with which he has been charged.

Source: Huffington Post, "Darrell Chambers, Chicago Man Charged With Shooting 5-Year-Old Jaden Donald, Denied Bail," July 7, 2013

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