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5-year-old boy accidentally shot Tuesday was also shot last year

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A 5-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself in the hand Tuesday night in the South Chicago neighborhood was also wounded in a shooting last year, police confirmed Wednesday morning.

Kavan Collins was shot in the hand when the gun he was handling went off about 6:20 p.m. Tuesday in the 8100 block of South Coles.

He was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where he was listed in good condition, according to Chicago Police.

Police said a man was being questioned by Area South detectives in connection with the shooting.

Shortly after confirming the boy was shot, police said they believed the boy suffered an injury when the gun discharged, but not a gunshot wound. Hospital staff later classified the boy’s injury as a gunshot wound.

Kavan was also seriously wounded in a shooting last year, when he was just 4 years old.

He was walking with his mother, brother and family friend about 9:10 p.m. on June 28, 2016 in the 6400 block of South King Drive when they heard fireworks, followed by gunshots, police and relatives said at the time.

Kavan was shot in the face and was taken in serious condition to Comer Children’s Hospital.

A 28-year-old woman also suffered a gunshot wound to the head, police said. She was lying in her bed inside her home nearby when a bullet came through the window, then the wall, and she was struck. She was taken in good condition to Stroger Hospital.

Neither victim was the intended target, police said at the time.

That shooting happened in a part of Woodlawn known as the “O Block,” a violent block that drives its nickname from the 2011 murder of 20-year-old Odee Perry.