Boy, 7, killed during violent July 4 celebrations in Chicago

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CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say a 7-year-old boy who was celebrating the Fourth of July with his family was among three people who were shot and killed overnight in Chicago.

Police say the child, Amari Brown, was shot after someone opened fire just before midnight Saturday in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. He was pronounced dead early Sunday at Stroger Hospital.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Sunday at a news conference that the boy’s father, a “ranking gang member,” had been the intended target. No one was in custody Sunday.

Additionally, a 26-year-old man was fatally shot in the Albany Park neighborhood and a 26-year-old man was gunned down in the South Shore neighborhood.

Police also say two men, ages 25 and 31, were killed after dawn Sunday when somebody fired on their SUV, which sped away and crashed.

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    • Ralph

      Seems like the gang problem can’t be fixed by dumping money on it. The culture of gangs and violence is too powerful in those troubled neighborhoods.

  • Diane Cheatwood

    Little boy never had a chance. So sad. Born into a gang. Rest in peace Amari. Now you have Jesus.. Someone your father needs to meet.

  • Frank

    The Feds should really look into Raham’s city. This is bad as Bagdad maybe even worse. Federal troops going after gangs would be a good idea…..of course Sharpton and minions would scream racial discrimination. I see it as doing nothing to protect the Black citizens from these gang members is racial discrimination.