During the July 4 parade in Highland Park, a man shot and killed seven people from a rooftop. In addition, 20 people were injured, including 8-year-old Cooper Roberts, who was shot in the chest.
The boy was taken to a children’s hospital in critical condition, where he feared for his life. The danger has now passed, but the doctors said he would be paralyzed from the waist down and would not be able to walk.
These photos show the panic that erupted during the Fourth of July Parade:
Doctors believe Cooper does not have brain damage. Just before the end of the week, the boy regained consciousness. He was the first to ask about his twin brother and wanted to see his dog.
Support from all sides
Cooper’s brother, Luke, was hit by shrapnel and has since been released from the hospital. Their mother was more serious. She had to have surgery twice. A family spokesperson said that when she learned her son had come out of a coma, she wanted to see him right away.
Cooper gets support from all sides. One university has already raised more than $1 million to pay for the expenses. His favorite baseball team, the Milwaukee Brewers, hung a shirt with the boy’s name in the dugout during a game:
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