Four men have been charged with the fatal shooting of 9-year-old Antonio Smith Jr. on Chicago’s South Side.
Smith was shot at least four times on Aug. 20. His body was found in his backyard.
He is the youngest victim of violence in Chicago this year, WGNTV reported.
Police charged Derrick Allmon, 19, Jabari Williams, 22, Paris Denard, 19, and Michael Baker, 19, with first-degree murder. Williams is also facing a charge of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon without a Firearms Owner's Identification (FOID) card.
"Williams handed Allmon the handgun and instructed him to shoot the two suspected rival gang members,” Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Friday. “As Allmon approached his intended targets on foot, he came across Antonio Smith in the rear yard of the residence.”
“Believing that Antonio Smith was yelling a warning to his intended victims, Allmon shot Antonio Smith multiple times, wounding him fatally,” McCarthy said. “As Allmon fled the scene, he discarded the murder weapon, the handgun, into a nearby sewer from which it was recovered.”
The 9-year-old was not affiliated with a gang, police said.
"Basically, when you shoot somebody four times or more, it's an execution. Executing a 9-year-old kid, what the hell kind of a day is that?" Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Church told WLSTV.
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