‘Living miracle’: Lincoln Park robbery victim talks and bakes brownies

CHICAGO — After being shot in a gruesome robbery that was filmed in early May, Dakotah Earley is on the mend.

Earley, 23, a cooking student from Georgia, was shot near Webster and Wayne Avenue when a man came out from behind a building, pointed a gun at him and asked for his cell phone around 3 a.m. on the 6th may. A struggle ensued. and Earley was robbed and then shot three times at close range in the back and head.

The alleged shooter, 19-year-old Tyshon Brownlee, was later arrested in Oak Park and charged with attempted murder.

Earley’s mother told WGN News that doctors removed the wires from his jaw a few days ago and the two were able to talk to each other for the first time since the shooting.

Joy Dobbs said she told her son about the Brownlee.

“There’s no bitterness, there’s no heartache, there’s no anger,” Dobbs said.

Dobbs said she asked him about that night as soon as she could.

“Why did you jump? After everything we’ve talked about in general, if you ever get robbed, if it happens, you know, give it up. And he was like, ‘I just didn’t want to give away my stuff. He was like, ‘I’ve had enough of people walking around and picking up people,'” Dobbs said.

His mother said Earley talks about the food and drink he has missed the most since the shooting. His aspiring chef was even able to get back into the kitchen.

“He made brownies today in the PT kitchen and they were really good,” Dobbs said. “He made it – he’s definitely a living miracle because he wasn’t supposed to be here.”

Police are looking for the second suspect involved.