Milwaukee: Man 'shot dead in revenge' after van accidentally hits and kills toddler

Family of dead man said he tried to help two-year-old struck in accident

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The Independent US

A driver was shot dead – possibly in an act of revenge - after his van accidentally hit and killed a toddler.

Police in Milwaukee said officers were called on Sunday evening after an incident in which a man was killed after his vehicle struck a two-year-old who had run into the road on North 48th Street.

Reports said the man who was shot dead was identified as father-of-four Archie Brown. The man’s father told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he was shot at the scene of the accident, after he stopped to try and help the youngster who had been hit.

Milwaukee councillor Joe Davis was called to the scene on Sunday and suggested the shooting was carried out in revenge for the killing of the younger. A 15-year-old who was at the scene, but who was said not a passenger in the van, was also shot and died later from his injuries.

“My son’s just been murdered,” Mr Brown’s father Archie Brown Sr, told the newspaper. “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.”

Quite how the 15-year-old was involved in the incident remains unclear. Mr Brown said a young man was with his son in the van, but that he saw him being interviewed by police and that he was not injured in the shooting.

Police Captain Timothy Heier said the car accident occurred at 5:10pm Sunday after the child ran into the street in a residential neighbourhood.