Suspect in fatal July 4 shooting of 7-year-old Amari Brown arrested in Wisconsin

A man suspected in the shooting that killed 7-year-old Amari Brown over the July 4th weekend was arrested in northwest Wisconsin on Wednesday.

Rasheed Martin | Douglas County sheriff's office

Rasheed Martin | Douglas County sheriff’s office

Rasheed Martin, 20, was arrested at the Bartley Manor Complex at 3900 Tower Ave. in Superior, Wis., according to a statement from the Douglas County sheriff’s office. Sheriff’s police and the U.S. Marshal Service made the arrest.

Superior is located just over the state line from Duluth, Minn., roughly 460 miles from Chicago.

Martin is wanted in connection with the gang-related shooting that killed the 7-year-old and wounded a 26-year-old woman shortly before midnight July 4 in the 1100 block of North Harding in Humboldt Park.

Martin is being held in the Douglas County Jail pending extradition to Illinois, the sheriff’s office said.

Amari had spent the holiday at home with his mom’s side of the family.

Amari Brown

Amari Brown

Police said the boy and the woman were not the intended targets when both were shot just in the chest just before midnight. Amari, who lived in the 500 block of North Drake, was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital at 1:56 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Police said investigators believe Amari’s 26-year-old father, suspected of being a gang member, was the intended target of the shooting.

The father was standing on the front porch with Amari’s mother when they heard shots and realized the boy had been struck, police sources said, adding the father is not cooperating with detectives.

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy later said the bullet was meant for the father, Antonio Brown, whom he described as a ranking gang member with 45 previous arrests.

—Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Sun-Times Wire

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