“Firing his handgun while he ran:” 34-year-old man charged in fatal shooting of Justin Evans Jr.

Robert Anderson

MILWAUKEE -- 34-year-old Robert Anderson is now charged in connection with the death of six-year-old Justin Evans Jr., and Evans Jr.'s family got to look him in the eyes for the first time Tuesday, October 24th.

"I'm relieved. I'm happy, kind of. But it's not bringing my grandson back," Cindy Kloss, Evans Jr.'s grandmother said.

Evans Jr. was fatally shot near 23rd and Finn in Milwaukee on July 22nd. He 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.

"I want him being tortured every day of his life," Kloss said.

"You knew what you were going to do before you did it. You seen a whole bunch of little babies. It could have been more than one," Evans Jr.'s aunt said.

Robert Anderson

Anderson faces the following charges:

  • First degree reckless homicide, as a party to a crime, use of a dangerous weapon, habitual criminality repeater
  • Possession of a firearm by a felon, habitual criminality repeater

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6-year-old boy fatally shot near 23rd and Nash

According to the criminal complaint, a confidential witness spoke with police about this case -- and identified Anderson as the shooter in this incident. The witness was present at the time of the shooting. The witness told police Anderson was at 23rd and Finn and "was yelling at someone" to "get off (Anderson's) (expletive) block." The witness told investigators he saw Anderson "in the middle of the street, with a firearm in his right hand, running northbound toward 23rd and Finn." Anderson was "firing his handgun while he ran" and the witness indicated he "could see the handgun 'bucking up' in Anderson's hand while Anderson fired."

6-year-old boy fatally shot near 23rd and Nash

Investigators found 14 9mm gun casings in the area where the shooting took place. The complaint indicates "all 14 casings were consistent with having been fired by the same firearm. This is consistent with one shooter."

6-year-old boy fatally shot near 23rd and Nash

Little Justin Evans Jr. was struck in the heart.

"When I turned and looked, blood was just coming out of him like a faucet," Kloss said.

If convicted on the reckless homicide charge, Anderson faces up to 60 years in prison.

Justin Evans Jr. (PHOTO: Go Fund Me)

After learning of the arrest of Anderson, an aunt told FOX6 News in a statement:

"We're pleased and we have high hopes that justice will be served for Justin. We're trying to be patient and see if the judicial system will bring his killer to justice and give him exactly what he deserves."

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