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Three people, including a 5-year-old boy, were shot at Cooper Park on the Far South Side early Friday. (NVP News Video) Three people, including a 5-year-old boy, were shot at Cooper Park on the Far South Side early Friday. (NVP News Video)
Jasmine Dillon Donald, mother of Jaden Donald, cries as she gives an update on her son's condition to the media. Jasmine Dillon Donald, mother of Jaden Donald, cries as she gives an update on her son's condition to the media.
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Three mothers are united in tragedy after their three young boys--ages 2, 5, and 7-- were shot in separate incidents this week.

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A 5 year-old boy who was shot overnight while at a South Side park with his family remains in critical condition after surgery, according to family and a community activist.

Jaden Donald was with his mother and three siblings at Cooper Park, 11712 S. Ada St., in the West Pullman neighborhood when shots rang out about 12:40 a.m., according to police and family.

Jaden's mother, Jasmine Dillon Donald described what happened.

"Everybody ran. The other kids got down. My son tried to run to me. I was running to him. But as soon as I got to him is when he fell. I tried to grab his arm and he said, "Mama," and I looked down and his shorts were red. He had on white shorts and they were red," Donald said.

Realizing the boy had been hit, Donald lifted his shirt and saw he had been shot in the stomach, she told reporters gathered outside Advocate Christ Medical Center Friday morning.

After the shooting, the mother took her son to Metro South Medical Center, Donald said. Jaden was then transferred to Christ where he underwent surgery.

The boy will be monitored during the coming hours to determine if he needs more surgery, said Andrew Holmes, a community activist who is working with the family.

Jaden was one of three people who were shot in the park, but his injuries were the most severe, police said.

Another bullet struck a 34-year-old man in the right wrist, police said. He was taken to Metro South Medical Center.

A third shooting victim, a 28-year-old man who was hit by a bullet in the left shin, was also taken to Metro South Medical Center. He was listed in stable condition.

No one was in custody as Area South detectives opened an investigation.

A 7-year-old boy was shot twice in the head Thursday evening at a park in the Chatham neighborhood on the South Side.

FOX 32 News has learned Kristin Lyles was at a July 4th barbecue at Nat King Cole Park in Chatham, surrounded by family and friends when he was struck. The suspect had come to park with another male before shooting.

"She said they were enjoying a nice day and evening in the park," says community activist Andrew Holme. "They watched a vehicle go by numerous times. Then, when it came around for the last time, it discharged a weapon out of that car and the kid got shot."

After the shooting, the suspect fled the park in a vehicle, officials said. A description of the vehicle was not immediately available.

Police said they do not believe the boy was the intended target.

The boy was near alleged gang members when he was shot, a police source said.

He was taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police and fire department officials said.

The park is near the site of where Thomas E. Wortham IV was killed in May 2010, when four men tried to rob him of his motorcycle in front of his parents' home in Chatham.

On Sunday, in yet another, separate incident, a 2-year-old boy was struck in a drive-by shooting. The toddler was hit in the leg and his mother was struck in the wrist.

Area South detectives are investigating. Police have not determined a motive for the shooting.

In each case, the gunman got away, which is even more disturbing to these mothers who say one shooting is too many.

"Whoever you may be that took my daughter's life and changed my family's life, you did that forever - my baby is not coming back," said Tiffany Hardmon who's daughter 19-year-old Ashley Hardmon was shot and killed two days ago on the West Side.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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