Boy, 7, Shot and Killed While Watching Fireworks July 4th Celebration Shooting in Chicago

Boy, 7, Shot to Death While Watching Fireworks in Humboldt Park: Police. A 26-year-old woman was also injured in the shooting incident. Boy, 7, killed during violent July 4 celebrations in Chicago
Amari Brown, 7, was shot to death while watching fireworks with his father in the Humboldt Park neighborhood Saturday night.
A 7-year-old boy was shot and killed on Chicago's West Side while watching Fourth of July fireworks Saturday night, police said.

Amari Brown was standing on the sidewalk with his father watching a fireworks spectacle just before midnight in the 1100 block of North Harding in the Humboldt Park neighborhood when gunfire erupted, striking Amari and a 26-year-old woman, police said. Both victims were shot in the chest.

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Amari and the 26-year-old woman were transported to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital, where the 7-year-old was pronounced dead, according to police. The woman was listed in stable condition.

The two victims were not related, authorities said.

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Amari's family say the little boy was a "jokester" and acted like a typical 7-year-old who loved to run and play. They said the best way to describe him is "a sweet, sweet little boy."

No one is in custody for the shooting.

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Activist Pastor Ira Acree, of Greater St. John Bible Church on the West Side, has called for the killer to turn himself in and offered a reward for any information leading to the offender's arrest.

"This is a travesty of epic proportions when an innocent baby loses his life," Acree said. "We need all hands on deck to get to the bottom of this. We must not become immune to this madness."
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.

At least 27 other people were wounded in overnight shootings.

Police say 7-year-old 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. Relatives say the boy had been celebrating with family when he was shot.

The two other others who were killed were a 26-year-old man who was shot in the Albany Park neighborhood and a 26-year-old man shot in the South Shore neighborhood.

Police say a 19-year-old man was shot and wounded Saturday as two groups fought near Navy Pier after the fireworks display.
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