Police in Chicago have arrested and charged four men with first degree murder in connection to the tragic death of a 9-year-old boy.
Derrick Allmon, 19, was identified by police as the suspected gunman, while Jabari Williams, 22; Paris Denard, 19; and Michael Baker, 19, are also suspected of involvement in the shooting.
The young boy, Antonio Smith, was reportedly shot at least four times just blocks from his home. Officers later recovered his body in a backyard.
The four suspects are reportedly part of a gang and intended to shoot members of a rival gang when they gunned down Smith.
"Williams handed Allmon a handgun and instructed him to shoot the two suspected rival gang members. As Allmon approached his intended targets on foot, he came across Antonio Smith in the rear yard of a residence. Believing that Antonio Smith was yelling a warning to his intended victims, Allmon shot Antonio Smith multiple times, wounding him fatally.” Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy told WLS-TV.
Police later recovered the .380 caliber handgun used in the murder.