A one-year-old boy who was gunned down on Lake Shore Drive on Tuesday was pulled out of a induced coma but remained on a ventilator on Saturday.
Doctors at Lurie Children’s Hospital said Kayden Swann “continues to show positive improvements”, although he is still in critical condition in the pediatric intensive care unit.
While he is still on a ventilator to “help him breathe and other critical therapy”, doctors felt it was prudent to get him out of a coma, according to a statement from Dr Marcelo Malakooti, director doctor in the pediatric intensive care unit of the hospital.
Swann was gunned down around 11 a.m. on April 6 on Lake Shore Drive near Grant Park after a road rage conflict turned violent, police said.
Prosecutors said the altercation began when an SUV attempted to reach Lake Shore Drive near Soldier Field and nearly collided with the car Swann was in.
Jushawn Brown, a 43-year-old man in a relationship with Swann’s grandmother, was behind the wheel of Swann’s car and had a verbal argument with the driver of the SUV, which escalated when the pair pulled out their weapons, prosecutors said.
Brown eventually pulled away, but the driver of the SUV still shot the car, one of which punctured the rear passenger window and hit Swann in the head.
Brown was slapped on gun charges in connection with the incident and released on $ 5,000 bail.
The driver of the SUV was not stopped.