CHICAGO (CBS) — Kayden Swann, the 21-month-old shot during a road rage incident on Lake Shore Drive, is out of a medically induced coma, a Lurie Children’s Hospital spokesperson said Saturday morning.
The 21-month-old boy was a passenger in a car shot at over the course of two blocks on northbound Lake Shore Drive near Roosevelt Road along Grant Park on April 6. The child was shot in the face. Police radio communications indicated he was shot once in the temple and once in the jaw.
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The white sedan carrying the child ended up crashing on Lake Shore Drive near Monroe Drive.
Jushawn Brown, who was driving the car Kayden was in, said he did everything he could to de-escalate the road rage incident and get away from the driver that brandished a weapon, then started firing at him.
Despite that, he was charged with felony weapons charges. He said he tried shouting that the lane was merging. And with that, the scariest minute of his life began. A Toyota SUV driver with Michigan plates brandished the weapon, shouted, chased, then began shooting.
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The two cars were simultaneously merging into the same lane in a construction zone near Soldier Field. With his girlfriend’s grandson in the backseat, he tried again to get away and end it.
Kayden was shot in the temple.
The SUV got away. A Good Samaritan picked them up and took them to the hospital.
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Kayden remains on a ventilator “to assist with breathing and other critical therapies,” according to a release from the hospital. He is making positive improvements but remains in critical condition.