This is horrific.
Two-year-old Damani Terry died after running into the street and being struck by a vehicle.
The driver, Archie Brown Jr., 41, stayed at the scene of the accident.
Brown and Rasheed Chiles, 15, brother of Damani, were both murdered in the aftermath.
From the Los Angeles Times:
Archie Brown Jr. was driving to Home Depot on Sunday with a friend when he hit and struck a 2-year-old boy with his van, his family said. Moments later, he lay dying, shot in the head as he tried to help the child, according to police and family members.Three people are dead. One died ACCIDENTALLY. Two were murdered in cold blood.
A 15-year-old boy, Rasheed T. Chiles, was also shot and later died at a hospital, Milwaukee police say.
“He was a good man,” Brown's sister, Qianna Brown, 34, told the Los Angeles Times on Monday. Brown had four daughters; his youngest is 6 months old, she said. He would often round up his kids and hers and take them out -- to state fairs, on shopping trips or to the park. “He was a tender-hearted person, so I know he was there and probably wanted to pick the baby up. I know he must have been crying.”
According to police, Rasheed and 2-year-old Damani T. Terry were attending a party at a house nearby. The toddler ran into the street and was struck by Brown's van about 5:10 p.m. Sunday, police said.
Brown was "distraught about hitting the child, stopped and exited the van immediately," witnesses told police officials, who called it an accident. Moments later, Brown and Rasheed were shot by an "unknown suspect," authorities said.
Brown was pronounced dead at the scene, and Rasheed later died at the hospital, according to police. Police say they are working to identify the shooting suspect, and that the investigation is ongoing.
Brown's father, Archie Brown Sr., said he spoke at the scene to police, who showed him a photo of his son's body, and told him he had been shot "more than once."
"It was terrible," Brown's father told The Times. "I'm sorry about what happened to the other family, too. ... But nobody wins in that situation."
Qianna Brown said a witness told her family that after her brother hit the toddler, a man went into a house, retrieved a gun, and then shot Brown in the head.
The killer is not in custody. I hope people with information about the whereabouts of the murderer do the right thing and cooperate with police.
This man is a murderer, a threat to society. This vicious man took the life of a father of four. He took the life of the dead two-year-old's brother.
Do black lives matter?
Hands up, don't shoot.
I want to see protests and national outrage over these murders.
Does Nate Hamilton have anything to say?
Will Bill Penzey write a screed condemning the murderer?
Of course, Tom Barrett will express his anger and demand legislation from Madison.
Same old, same old.
Nothing will change, but the loved ones of Archie Brown Jr. and Rasheed Chiles and Damani Terry will never be the same.