A Milwaukee man struck and killed a 2-year-old who ran out into the street Sunday afternoon, and then was shot and killed by an unknown assailant while he waited for emergency vehicles to arrive, The New York Daily News is reporting.
Archie Brown Jr., 41, was shot in the head and died at the scene of the accident. Also shot at the scene was an unidentified 15-year-old boy, who died later at the hospital. The teen was not a passenger in Brown’s vehicle; as of this post, police are not aware of the teenager’s connection to either Brown, the toddler, or the assailant.
At 5:10 p.m. Sunday, according to The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Brown was driving in northwest Milwaukee when a 2-year-old ran out into the street. Brown’s vehicle struck and killed the toddler instantly. WTMJ (Milwaukee) reports that Brown exited the vehicle and was holding the toddler in his arms when the assailant shot him dead.
WTMJ also notes that there was a house party taking place near the scene of the accident. The toddler may have wandered from the house where the party was taking place; similarly, the assailant may also have been at the party.
Brown’s father, Archie Brown, Sr., arrived at the scene to talk to reporters. Despite his son having just been murdered, he remained calm.
“God is the only one that knows why it happened like it happened. He’s the only one that knows so we have to take that understanding that God is the one that’s giving life, he allows life to live and for whatever reason he let this happen, right now we can’t figure it out but he knows. If I am a man of God and I believe in the Bible, nothing happens without a reason. What the reason is, I don’t know.”
A similar crime took place this time last year in Detroit, when 54-year-old Steven Utash was severely beaten by a mob after he struck a 10-year-old boy who had darted out in front of his vehicle, according to this Inquisitr report. Utash spent four days in a coma, but recovered from his injuries. The boy was not seriously injured.
Archie Brown, Jr. was a businessman who was well-liked and had no enemies, according to his half-brother, Riles Riley.
“Just a good person all around. Never had any enemies. Always looking to do the right thing.”
The Milwaukee murder victim leaves behind four children, including a 6-month-old daughter.
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