7-year-old killed among Fourth of July fatalities

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CHICAGO -  Three people are dead after a violent Fourth of July.

A 7-year-old boy and two men were killed over night and at least 27 others were injured.   An overnight shooting in Humboldt Park left Amari Brown, 7, dead and a 26-year-old woman wounded.

Amari Brown, 7.

Amari Brown, 7.


Police said both were standing on the sidewalk in the 1100 block of N. Harding just before midnight when shots were fired.  The child was hit in the chest and pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital.  Relatives said they were at a family Fourth of July gathering just before it happened.  According to officials, the victims were not the intended targets.

On the 7700 block of South Shore Drive, a 26-year-old man was killed around 1 a.m.  The victim was sitting in his car when someone walked up and shot him.  He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead. No arrests have been made.

Police have a potential suspect in custody for a shooting that happened near Navy Pier.  Several thousand people were watching fireworks last night, and around 10 p.m. a shooting happened in the 200 block of East Ohio.  A teen boy was shot twice in the abdomen when two groups of people got in a fight, according to police.  The boy was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious to critical condition.

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  • Dennis Olivarez

    Very disappointed ya’ll don’t televise Cubs game the way it used to happen. I love my Cubs but don’t get to see that many games anymore. Thanks WGN, greatly appreciate it. A dissappointed customer.

  • kathy

    Really? The story is about people getting killed on the 4th of July. A little boy was among one of the victims & all you can comment on is baseball? What a rude soulless person you are!!!! Ignorant as well, yes you must be a Cubs fan.

  • joe

    Just another weekend in Chiraq. Feel sorry for the innocent kids. I’m sure the mayor (RE) and police chief (GM) will blame it all on guns, and not the thugs using guns, as usual. They’ll be crying “we need more gun laws … blah, blah, blah”.

  • sand67

    In another story the mom was all broken up about this and a relative couldn’t believe someone would shoot a child. Hello??? The bulls was meant for the boys dad!!! He is a gang member. Maybe if women would meet decent, law abiding men then they would not lose their babies to violence!!