Cooper Roberts was shot in the chest and suffered several significant injuries, including a severed spinal cord.
Cooper Roberts was one of the victims who was injured in the July 4 parade shooting in Highland Park, Illinois. His injuries were so severe that the young boy will never walk again. The 8-year-old was shot in the chest and suffered several significant injuries, including a severed spinal cord. Cooper’s mother, Keely Roberts, was also shot, and his twin brother Luke sustained shrapnel injuries. Their mother, Keely Roberts, "was shot in the leg and foot area" and underwent several surgeries, according to family spokesperson Anthony Loizzi. As for Cooper, "it's going to be a new normal for him moving forward," Loizzi said, according to CNN. "It sounds (like) he'll have significant issues moving forward, especially with walking." The boy's mother has undergone two operations and was discharged on Wednesday so she could be with her son. “She’s just a fighter, and it sounds like Cooper got that part of her in him, because he is fighting as hard as he can,” Loizzi said, according to NBC News.
Cooper, a young lover of sports, especially baseball, and a Milwaukee Brewers fan, was in “critical but stable” condition on a ventilator on Thursday at Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Cooper is one of six children and he and his twin brother are "best friends, partners in crime," Cooper's oldest sister said in a statement. "Cooper has never met a stranger a day in his life - everyone he meets is his instant best friend (second only to Luke)," her statement said. "He is also unbelievably athletic - he loves soccer, riding his bike, baseball (Go Brew Crew - about a week or so ago he went to his first Brewers game and couldn't have loved it more) and football (Go Pack Go). He is so studious and loves to read - a literal bookworm. Maybe that's why he is the funniest, most engaging storyteller you'll ever meet. There's nothing this kid can't do and no words for the amount of goodness within him," it added.
Sports-loving Cooper Roberts and his twin brother, Luke, loved the Fourth of July parade in Highland Park. But now, the family is working toward a “new normal” for Cooper, who was shot in the chest during the shooting that killed seven people Monday. https://t.co/o6ybeRbpNF— WPSD Local 6 (@WPSDLocal6) July 7, 2022
A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family for these difficult times and to help them with medical bills and counseling. In a recent update, it stated "Cooper underwent another surgery on Wednesday night to close his belly. It went well, he remains fully sedated and on a ventilator. The next benchmark is to get him off of the ventilator. It is confirmed he will be paralyzed from the waist down." According to ABC 7, around 39 people were injured during the incident when a shooter opened fire on the parade from a rooftop. Seven people were killed.