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Driver shot to death after rushing to help young child he knocked down

The child’s brother was also killed.

A MAN WHOSE van struck and killed a two-year-old boy on a street in Milwaukee, in the United States, was shot to death after getting out to check on the child, police said.

And a 15-year-old boy, a brother of the two-year-old who came from a nearby house, was also fatally shot at the scene.

Archie Brown Jr (40) died at the scene of Sunday evening’s accident near a park on Milwaukee’s near northwest side, police said. They identified the child as 2-year-old Damani Terry and the teen as Rasheed T Chiles, who died at a hospital.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office said in a statement later yesterday that Damani and Rasheed were brothers.

Fatal Accident-Double Shooting Archie Brown Sr, father of fatal shooting victim Archie Brown Jr. Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via AP Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via AP / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via AP

A police statement on Monday said Brown was distraught about hitting the child and stopped right away, according to witnesses.

The statement didn’t explain how and why Chiles was shot, but police said he and the two-year-old were attending the same party at the house near the accident.

Mayor Tom Barrett called the shooting of Brown an “assassination.”

“Someone got angry,” Barrett said.

Someone took a gun and basically assassinated this gentleman.

Brown’s father, Archie Brown Sr, said a neighbour riding with his son on a trip to Home Depot told him that Chiles had gone to the scene to try to help:

He came over to assist Junior and while he was assisting him they were shot. It’s a tough situation.

Police said they had no one in custody.

Fatal Accident Double Shooting Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via AP Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via AP / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via AP

Barbara Sprewer, who lives next door, said she saw Damani looking around before crossing the street, apparently heading for some girls dancing in the nearby park. She saw the van approach, and estimated it was going 25 to 30 mph.

“Nobody was watching the baby,” she said.

After the child was hit, she saw the driver get out. She said she heard shots but didn’t see who shot him or Chiles.

“I feel helpless. I feel numb,” she said. “I saw them alive, and I saw them deceased. I’ve been reliving this since I woke up.”

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