CHICAGO — A suspect is in custody in the fatal shooting of 9-year-old Janari Ricks, Chicago police announced Monday.
This past weekend was another violent one in the city of Chicago, with 24 shooting incidents and 33 shooting victims — including two juveniles. In total, nine people were killed.
Among those killed was 9-year-old Janari Ricks, who was fatally shot in Cabrini Green Friday evening as he was playing outside with friends.
Police said someone walked up and started shooting, striking Ricks in the chest. He was transported to Lurie Children’s Hospital, where he later died.
Ricks was not the intended target, according to police.
“The young boy is playing out there as the defendant drives up sneaks through a cut gangway and discharges a firearm,” said CPD’s Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan. “Not at this kid, at a group of other males standing near the poor boy.”
His heartbroken mother said her son would be going into the fourth grade this fall. She said he loved basketball and math, and should not have been a victim.
Police said community tips led to the arrest of the gunman in this case. Someone who has a connection to Cabrini Green, but no longer lives there. Charges are pending and expected to be announced soon.
At least 37 children have been killed so far this year.
During a press conference Monday, Chicago police said this past weekend was the least violent in the month of July.
However, July was the most violent Chicago has seen since 1992.