Person of interest in custody in murder of 7-year-old on Near West Side – NBC Chicago

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A person of interest is in custody in connection with the fatal shooting of a 7-year-old child in Chicago's Near West Side, Chicago police spokesman Tom Ahern confirmed.

It is currently unknown whether any charges have been filed against the person concerned.

Jai'Mani Amir Rivera was leaving his family's Near West Side home Tuesday afternoon when he was hit by gunfire. Police do not believe he was targeted.

At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, CPD Supt. Larry Snelling called gun violence in the city “unbearable and unacceptable” in the aftermath of the shooting.

Chicago Police Superintendent. Larry Snelling, at a news conference Tuesday, called gun violence in the city “unbearable and unacceptable” after a 7-year-old child was fatally shot on the Near West Side of Chicago in broad daylight.

“The random shooting of this 7-year-old child is unacceptable,” Snelling said. “We really need to think about who we are as a society when our kids are getting shot in the street.”

Just before 4 p.m. Tuesday, police responded to a call of shots fired and a person shot in the 2300 block of West Jackson Boulevard, Snelling said. When officers arrived, they discovered that a child had been shot in the chest and was lying on the ground.

Officers carried out life-saving measures on the child before he was transported in a police car to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The Cook County medical examiner later identified the boy as Jai'Mani Amir Rivera.

According to authorities, the child was leaving their residence and going to the home of a neighbor who lived nearby when he was hit by gunfire.

“We are losing our children,” Snelling said. “And we really need to think about the gun violence that's going on in this city. And we all need to come together to try to fight this type of gun violence to save our children.”

A 7-year-old child was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon in Chicago's Near West Side neighborhood, authorities said.

Snelling added that the department is still investigating the incident, seeking video footage or other evidence of the suspect(s) involved.

“When we arrest people for violent crimes, we have to prosecute them,” Snelling said. “We have to keep them off the streets. We can't allow repeat offenders back on the streets. … These are great people who live in these communities, and many of them are prisoners in their own homes “We want to do everything we can to put an end to this.”

According to Snelling, 127 children and adolescents under the age of 18 were victims of gun violence in 2024. 17 of them were killed.

“These numbers are significantly lower than last year, but still unacceptable,” Snelling said.

Mayor Brandon Johnson also spoke at the news conference, saying he had reached a “breaking point” regarding gun violence in the city.

“These acts of violence must stop,” Johnson said. “Guns are on the streets of Chicago and across the country. We must stop and hold people accountable.”

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