CHICAGO, IL—On Friday, July 31, a 9-year-old was shot and killed in the 900-block of North Cambridge Avenue on the Near North Side in Chicago. The victim has been identified as Janari Andres Ricks. The shooting transpired s the victim was on his way to a friend’s house to get a game controller.
Around 6 p.m., a gunman approached a crowd, started shooting and fled the scene. Officials indicate that the victim was playing in a parking lot with his friends when the shooter opened fire. The victim was struck multiple times.
Around 6:45 p.m., authorities responded for the reports of shooting at the scene. The victim was sent to Lurie Children’s Hospital. At 7 p.m., Ricks was pronounced dead. According to the authorities, Ricks was not the intended target of the shooter.
On Saturday, August 1, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot tweeted, “When a 9 year old’s life ended by a bullet, we must all be outraged. There deaths are not mere statistics. And prayers alone will not sooth a broken heart.”
The Andrew Holmes Foundations is providing a $4,000 reward for any information about the person responsible for the fatal shooting.