- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - A 20-year-old man charged in the July 4 shooting death of a 7-year-old Chicago boy was ordered held without bond in a hearing Wednesday that followed his extradition from Wisconsin.

Rasheed Martin appeared before Cook County Circuit Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil on first-degree murder charges filed in the slaying of Amari Brown. Authorities say Martin opened fire on a group of people in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, killing Amari and wounding a 26-year-old woman. Police say the boy’s father, Antonio Brown, is ranking member of a street gang and was the intended target.

In denying bail, Ciesil noted the shooting occurred on a public street and a child has died, adding Martin is a “danger to himself and society.”

Relatives of Amari Brown left the court without commenting on the proceedings.

Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Jennifer Cooper said the boy had just returned from watching fireworks and was standing near his father when Martin and at least one other person began firing in the direction of the victims.

Prosecutors say Martin fled with two men, whom he implicated in a statement to police. Martin told police he was armed with a gun and that he fired one shot, according to Cooper.

A first-degree murder warrant was issued for Martin on July 17, though they didn’t say what led him to be named a suspect. Martin, a Chicago resident, was arrested last week at a home in Superior, Wisconsin.

A public defender representing Martin says he is unemployed and penniless. Martin has a juvenile arrest record that includes a 2014 reckless conduct and a 2010 drug possession conviction, Cooper said.


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