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Chicago man charged with murder of boy hit by stray bullet


CHICAGO– A 19-year-old has been arrested in the death of a 7-year-old boy who was hit by a stray bullet while washing his hands in the bathroom of his family’s home west of Chicago.

Chicago’s Joseph Serrano was charged Thursday with first-degree murder, police say.

Akeem Briscoe was apparently preparing for bed on October 26 when someone fired multiple shots in a nearby alley and a bullet hit the child in the abdomen, police say.

He later died in a hospital.

Bullet casings were found in the alley and detectives reviewed private video footage of the area in the hope of identifying who fired the shots.

Investigators later learned that shots were fired by a group of people at another group in a car in the alley, police said.

“They are shooting at this group; obviously the bullet misses that group,” Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said. “No one was hit in that group, and the bullet went through the window, hitting the 7-year-old.”

A 16-year-old boy was also charged with first-degree murder on Tuesday. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said a third suspect has been arrested, but not yet charged.

ABC News

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