A seven-year-old boy said to be the child
of a gang leader was among eight people
killed and more than 40 injured in a
weekend of violence that has left Chicago
Police officials said Amari Brown was
killed by a bullet meant for his father, as the family returned
from an Independence Day celebration on
the West Side of the city. He was hit in the
right side of the chest just before midnight
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry
McCarthy said Antonio Brown was a
“ranking gang member” with 45 previous
arrests. He told reporters that Mr Brown
was not cooperating with investigators into
the death of his son.
My son was a character man,” Mr Brown
told ABC 7 Chicago at a prayer vigil on
Sunday evening in the Humboldt Park
neighbourhood where the child was shot.
“He was a clown man – just like me.”
A 26-year-old woman that the boy was
standing with was also struck in the chest.
She was taken to hospital and is in a stable
Mr Brown told the Chicago Tribue that he
rushed his son to hospital but that he died
on the way.
“He was just down. He wasn’t crying, he
was speaking ‘Daddy, daddy’, ” said Mr
“I picked him up and put him in the car. I
was in the back seat, I was talking to him
the whole time. I was like, ‘You cool, I
know you cool’.”
He said that his son had responded by
saying: “Yeah, I’m cool. I’m cool.”
The young boy’s grandmother, Deidre
Holman, issued a statement that was
directed to whoever fired the shots that
killed her grandson.
“You might as well turn yourself in,” she
said. “Because this 7-year-old, our family
member, did nothing to you.”
Police said there were a total of 33
shooting incidents between Friday and
Sunday, with most of the bloodshed
occurring in just eight hours over Saturday
A boy and girl were also reported to be among the victims.