Superintendent Garry McCarthy said the bullet that claimed the life of little Amari Brown was meant for his father who he says is a ranking gang member.
Amari, 7, was shot while standing with his father on the sidewalk in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. The boy, affectionately known as BooBoo, was shot in the right side of his chest and taken to Stroger Hospital where he later died, the Chicago Sun Times reports.
McCarthy held a news conference Sunday and said the system failed Amari. McCarthy said the boy’s father Antonio Brown, who has been arrested 45 times and has a lengthy criminal record, should not have been on the streets.
“If Mr. Brown is in custody, his son is alive,” McCarthy said, according to the Chicago Tribune. “That’s not the case. Quite frankly, he should’ve have been on the street.”
Police say Antonio has been uncooperative in their investigation.
Amari’s father was at a loss for words during a press conference when discussing the murder of his son.
Antonio reportedly told the Tribune that he thought the shots that killed his son were just fireworks. But then people started yelling, “They shot your son,” and he saw Amari collapsed on the ground, he said.
“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,’ ” Brown said. “Yeah, I’m cool. I’m cool,” Amari answered, according to Brown.
Gun violence over the Fourth of July weekend in Chicago has left 10 people dead and 54 people wounded, according to Chicago Tribune. The number of victims from gun violence is down from last year’s Fourth of July Weekend. In 2014, there were 82 people shot and 18 people killed.
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Chicago Police Chief Blames 7-Year-Old Amari Brown’s Death On Father
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