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Teen charged with shooting 7-year-old held on $900K bond

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A teenager charged with the Sunday night shooting of a 7-year-old boy was ordered held on a $900,000 bond Tuesday.

The teen, who is charged with aggravated battery and discharge of a firearm, was on electronic monitoring on a drug charge and had a device on his ankle at the time of the shooting, according to Cook County prosecutors.

The 7-year-old had just finished putting his bicycle away after riding with his 11-year-old cousin when he was shot in the chest and arm, Assistant State's Attorney Amanda Pillsbury said.

The teen had been on a bicycle before he jumped off and fired toward another boy who was hanging out of a car, Pillsbury said.

The suspect's mother was in tears after Cook County Judge Donald Panarese set bond.

"He's not a bad kid," the young woman said, holding an inhaler.

She issued an apology to the victim's family.

The woman said her son lost a friend to violence recently and had the victim's name tattooed on his face.

Relatives on Monday said the injured boy, Tyvion Jackson, was recovering at his home from the shooting — afraid to be inside, but more afraid still to go outside.

"He's OK," Tyvion's mother, Tasha McDuffie, told the Chicago Sun-Times. "He's mentally shook up."

Tyvion was shot while he and his mother were returning to their home in West Garfield Park about 9 p.m. Sunday, said police.

In a scene that's become all too common on the city's streets, a stray bullet struck Tyvion in the arm as he was dragging a bike through the front door.

"He lifted his arm and showed me that he'd been shot," McDuffie said.

An ambulance took Tyvion to Mt. Sinai Hospital, where a swarm of relatives quickly learned that he was going to be OK.

"He really don't understand why he got shot," his mother said, adding, "We talked about how he won't be able to ride his bike outside. He probably will be inside for a while."

Tyvion's aunt, who didn't want to be named, said: "This is too much. . . . Too many innocent kids shot for no reason."

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