Teen charged in fatal shooting of 7-year-old boy in Chicago: Police

Teen charged in fatal shooting of 7-year-old boy in Chicago: Police

Teen charged in fatal shooting of 7-year-old boy in Chicago: Police

The victim, Jai’mani Amir Rivera, died after being shot in the chest.

A teenager now faces murder charges after a 7-year-old boy was fatally shot in the chest in a random act of gun violence in Chicago, police said Friday.

The victim, Jai’mani Amir Rivera, had just left his apartment and was on the sidewalk Tuesday afternoon when shots rang out, police said. Responding officers treated him and then rushed him in their car to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

A 16-year-old suspect has been charged with four counts in connection with the shooting, including first-degree murder and first-degree murder for personally discharging a firearm that caused the victim’s death, the sheriff said Friday. Chicago Police, Larry Snelling. .

Police have not released the suspect’s name because he is a minor. He was arrested Thursday, less than 48 hours after the shooting, Snelling said.

Detectives “did an excellent job of bringing this violent criminal to justice and getting him off the streets so he can’t destroy another family,” Snelling said during a news conference.

Police were able to document the suspect’s movements before and after the shooting through video footage and with the help of the community, according to Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Antoinette Ursitti. An anonymous tip helped identify the teenager, who is believed to be the sole offender, she said.

Thirteen shotgun casings were recovered in the investigation, Ursitti said. The firearm has not been recovered, although police believe it was an assault rifle, she said.

It’s unclear why the shooting occurred, although Jai’mani was not the intended target, Ursitti said.

“We all understand that this is nonsensical, and that’s why it’s nonsensical — we can’t give you a confirmed reason why this happened,” she said during the news conference. “There is no justification or explanation that makes it better. But this is the nonsense we’re talking about.”

The suspect had an active warrant for failure to appear in court for an unrelated arrest, police said.

Members of the Chicago Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force were able to locate the teenager at his Chicago residence, where he was arrested Thursday afternoon, Snelling said.

An unrelated stolen handgun was recovered at the scene of the arrest, police said.

A juvenile detention hearing is scheduled for Saturday.