Janari Ricks was a 9-year-old Chicago boy who was allegedly shot and killed Friday night while playing with friends outside his house. in the Cabrini Green neighborhood on the city’s Near North Side.
The child was identified as Janari Andre Ricks, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Janari Ricks Shot Dead While Playing Outside His House
According to police, the shooter, who has not been identified yet, approached the victim and several other people outside and opened fire in their direction.
As the 9-year-old Ricks was playing in a parking lot not far from his home at the time of the shooting, he was struck multiple times, including in the chest
Arrived the Chicago Fire Department arrived, the boy was taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital where he was announced dead, Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said.
“And unfortunately, as the bullets are flying, it’s the 9-year-old who is shot and killed. And then the defendant makes good his escape,” Deenihan said.
Janari Ricks’ Death Under Investigation
“It’s just crazy. My boy, he’s gone; that was my inspiration, that was my truth,” Janari’s father Raymond Ricks said. “He wanted to play basketball. He was just a basketball fanatic”.
The suspect allegedly approached the house in a vehicle and fired through a side entrance at a group of men who stood near 9-year-old Janari Andre Ricks, Chicago Police Superintendent Brendan Deenihan said.
Chicago police officials announced during a press conference on Monday they have a suspect in custody in the murder of 9-year-old Janari Andre Ricks, during a press conference on Monday.
Deenihan said that he and his officers are working with the state’s attorney’s office to file charges, which he said he expects in the next 48 hours. He said the “speedy arrest” of the suspect was possible because the community came forward with video and information.