‘Today is not a good day:’ Driver, teen shot to death after vehicle hits and kills 2-year-old

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MILWAUKEE -- Three people are dead following an incident that began as a fatal accident and turned into a double shooting.

Investigators said a 2-year-old child ran into the street on Sunday near N. 48th Street and was struck and killed by a vehicle.

The driver, Archie Brown Jr., 41, remained at the scene of the accident and was shot in the head by a gunman, according to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel‎. He died at the scene.

A 15-year-old boy was also shot at the scene. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died.

It remains unclear if the teen was a passenger inside the vehicle or a passerby.

The gunman, who has not been identified, is still at large, police said.

Archie Brown Sr, 68, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel his son, Archie Brown Jr., had four daughters, including a 6-month-old.

“My son’s just been murdered,” he told the paper. “If I am a man of God and I believe in the Bible, nothing happens without a reason. What is the reason, I don’t know,” said the father, a street minister who goes by the nickname Prophet Brown.

Milwaukee Alderman Joe Davis told WITI this was a tough day for everyone involved.

"I know that the people in that house may have been very, very upset about the incident — the vehicular incident that occurred, but you don’t solve these types of things with guns, and start shooting and taking other people’s lives. Today is not a good day for the city of Milwaukee — when an infant can lose his life, and then someone, a Good Samaritan tries to do the right thing and then all of a sudden a tragedy occurs."

6 comments

  • Julie Ann Molohon

    If the killer was related to the two year old that was accidentally killed, instead of shooting two innocent people, they should have been asking themselves, why was a two year old unattended and able to run into the street?

  • Bob D

    Al, fire up the jet, should take you about two hours to get from SC to Milwaukee. Oh wait, disregard.

  • Rebecca

    “He was trying to do the right thing”??? What does that even mean? They shouldn’t have been shot, period.

    • Andie

      Um. The driver who hit the toddler jumped out of his van to see what he’d hit. HE is the one they’re referring to when they mention doing the right thing.
      “…when an infant can lose his life, and then someone, a Good Samaritan tries to do the right thing…..”
      The Good Samaritan in this case would be Archie Brown, Jr. Not the shooter.

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