MILWAUKEE -- Two persons of interest have been arrested in connection with the July 22nd homicide of six-year-old Justin Evans Jr. near 23rd and Nash, Milwaukee police said Tuesday, August 1st. The announcement came as Evans Jr.'s funeral was held.
A 23-year-old man was arrested in Milwaukee and a 32-year-old man was arrested in Chicago.
"We're not at the point we can bring charges yet, but we are definitely on the right track and we feel confident we'll be able to bring charges soon," Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn said.
Evans Jr. was stuck by a stray bullet while visiting his grandmother's home -- as he was about to head up to Green Bay with family for a fishing trip.
"The good thing is they caught the people who did it and justice will be served on my nephew's behalf. It's a good thing, but it's a bad thing because we're here. You know what I mean? It's crazy that people are out here doing reckless stuff like that, not like thinking about the kids out here. There's kids out here. Forget about this shooting and stuff, especially when you see kids. That should make you think a different thing. That could be your kid. That could be your nephew. That could be your niece, you know what I'm saying? I'm just hurt right now. I'm not going to lie to you," McKinley Moore, Evans Jr.'s uncle said.
"The city is taking this as an urgent call to try to do something now -- that we are not waiting for a solution to come and fall out of the sky, and we are going to be doing things that we know work. We're going to pull partners to the table that we feel can have an impact in the community, and we want to call out to the folks in the community that they have a role in this as well," Ashanti Hamilton, Milwaukee Common Council president said.
FOX6 News spoke with Evans Jr.'s aunt shortly after the shooting, who was there as bullets flew on that Saturday.
"I looked and I literally saw guns and bullets flying everywhere, every which way, so when it happened and noticed my nephew was shot, I was screaming 'he's shot. They shooting. Help me. Help me,'" Jasmine Jones said.
Evans father, Justin Evans Sr., was released from Jail in Waukesha County to attend his son's funeral Tuesday. He spoke to FOX6 News upon his release -- and was emotional as he spoke about his son's death, and the fact that he found out what happened while in jail.
"I'm happy to be out with my family, but this is so hard for me. So hard. That was my little boy. That was my junior. I don't even know what to do now. I really don't. It's been very hard. Very, very hard. I found out...I was in jail when I found out, and it's just so mind-blowing. Like, I can't...I don't know...My life will never be the same. He was a good kid. He was very intelligent. He was smart. He just got took too soon. I hope they find whoever did this -- and I hope they pay. Really. Truly. I'm very grateful (for the support). Very grateful. I appreciate it. I love you Justin," Evans Sr. said.
Milwaukee police continue to ask witnesses with information about the shooting to call 414-935-7360.
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