Boy, 9, fatally shot outside his home in Cook County
MATTESON, Ill. - A 9-year-old boy was killed in a shooting in Cook County on Thursday night.
The boy was identified by the Cook County medical examiner as Omuiri Jones Brown.
The shooting took place in the 800 block of Campus Avenue in the village of Matteson at approximately 6:06 p.m.
Matteson Police Chief Mike Jones says Brown's grandmother called 911 and told dispatchers that her grandson, Omuiri, was shot outside their home.
Officers responded and immediately started performing life-saving measures.
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Brown was taken to Franciscan Health Olympia Fields Hospital where he was pronounced dead at approximately 6:55 p.m. He suffered a single gunshot wound to the abdomen, according to police.
Chief Jones and Mayor Sheila Chalmers-Currin held a news conference to provide more details on the incident Friday afternoon.
"We are heartbroken. We are all in mourning here in the village of Matteson," Mayor Sheila Chalmers-Currin said.
Jones said at the news conference a 20-year-old victim showed up to Olympia Field hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Police say both victims were shot during the same incident.
"The preliminary investigation identified that the shooting occurred during a two-party physical altercation at the residence involving juveniles," Jones said.
The incident is believed to be an isolated and targeted occurrence. The South Suburban Major Crimes Taskforce is investigating.
There will be grief counseling available for Omuiri's school district.
"I urge our legislators and our judicial system to increase the fight against gun violence. Especially involving out youth because this is completely unacceptable to us and utterly deplorable," Jones said.
No additional information is available at this time as the investigation is still in its early stages.