Chicago man charged with killing boy hit by stray bullet

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CHICAGO (TSTIME) — A 19-year-old man has been arrested in the death of a 7-year-old boy who was hit by a stray bullet as he washed his hands in the bathroom of his family’s home on Chicago’s west side.

Chicago’s Joseph Serrano was charged with first-degree murder on Thursday, police said.

Akeem Briscoe was apparently getting ready for bed on Oct. 26 when someone fired several shots in a nearby alley and one bullet struck the child in the abdomen, police said.

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He later died in a hospital.

Shell casings were found in the alley and detectives examined private video footage from the area in hopes of identifying who fired the shots.

Investigators later learned that shots had been fired by one group of people at another group in a car in the alley, police said.

“They shoot at that group; obviously the bullet misses that group,” said Brendan Deenihan, Chicago Police Chief. “No one was hit in that group, and the bullet went through the window and hit the 7-year-old.”

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A 16-year-old boy was also charged with first-degree murder on Tuesday. The Cook County Attorney’s Office said a third suspect has been arrested but has not yet been charged.

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