Man charged in fatal shooting of 9-year-old boy

Police have finally charged a man in the fatal shooting of 9-year-old Janari Ricks.

Darrell Johnson, 39, was arrested Sunday, according to police, and charged Tuesday with first degree murder in the death of 9-year-old Janari Ricks.

Janari was fatally shot in the Chicago neighborhood, Cabrini Green Friday as he was playing outside with friends. Police said someone walked up and started shooting, striking Ricks in his chest. He was transported to Lurie Children’s Hospital, where he later died.

Ricks was not the intended target, according to police. The original target is still unknown.


Darrell Johnson, of Brighton Park, faces a felony count of first-degree murder in the killing of Janari Ricks, who was shot around 6 p.m. Friday in the 900 block of North Cambridge Avenue, Chicago police said.

Johnson was arrested at 3:13 p.m. Sunday in the 7900 block of South Prairie Ave., police said.

we aren’t able to arrest the suspect unless the community comes forward and actually helps us

Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan 

Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said during a press conference Monday that police were able to quickly take Johnson into custody thanks to neighbors who spoke up about the shooting.

“We’re not in this position without the help of the community who came forward and gave us information which allowed us to identify and arrest the suspect,” Deenihan said. “So, all the video in the world and all the hard work of the detectives, we aren’t able to arrest the suspect unless the community comes forward and actually helps us, and in this case they did.”

This is a case that exposes the “no snitching” policy that protects many criminals in the Black community. When we abandon this immoral thinking we can help law enforcement serve, protect, and put away violent criminals who take, in this case, the life of a 9 year old.

Let’s note that last weekend  was another violent one in the city of Chicago, with 24 shooting incidents and 33 shooting victims — including two juveniles. In total (in just one weekend), nine people were killed.

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