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Published On: Sun, Jul 14th, 2013

Darrell Chambers, suspect in Chicago shooting of 5-year-old Jaden Donald, brags about his gang ties

One of the victims of Chicago’s holiday violence was 5-year-old Jaden Donald, who was shot and wounded in a South Side park.

Police say the child was a mistaken victim of a gang attack.

Darrell ChambersThe accused shooter spoke in an interview he did with ABC7 investigative reporter Chuck Goudie three years ago. Video below.

ABC reports on the comments from Darrell Chambers, age 24, who opened fire on a rival gang and killed Donald. He was featured in a report back in 2010 on gang violence.

“Don’t bring your ass around here,” Chambers said in 2010 for the camera.

Chambers laid down his law three years ago, while spending several nights in Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods.

“The ‘hood is kinda bad. It’s bad,” said an 11-year-old.

On that night three years ago, then-21-year-old Chambers was on the street toasting gang life with a glass of cognac.

“I was raised around here, 21 years in the same crib and I’m outside I’m alive,” he said.

“What does it say that a 13-year-old is afraid to come outside because he feels it’s not safe?” Goudie asked.

“You scared, go to bed, that’s how it is. You scared, stay in the house, play a game or something,” Chambers said.

“Why should it be that way?” Goudie asked.

“What do you want us to do? We protecting what the f— is ours,” Chambers said.

Three years later, Darrell Chambers is in jail for allegedly protecting a city park he thought was his, while Jaden is in intensive care, because no one was able to protect him.

“You would never think for a moment that playing in the park with your kids that you have to worry about them being shot,” said Jaden’s mom, Jasmine Donald. “Why would you do something like this? What morals or values… What kind of person thinks this is OK?”

Chambers is being held without bond. He is also accused of wounding two men in the park; it’s unclear if they were the intended targets.

More on the Chicago July 4th violence, here

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