Milwaukee police are searching for the shooter involved in the death of a van driver who fatally struck a toddler late Sunday, Reuters reports.
A teenager at the scene was also fatally wounded.
The incident occurred around 5 p.m. on the city’s northwest side, when a 41-year-old male driver struck a 2-year-old child. He was shot and killed when he exited the van to check on the child, who later died at the scene, the report says.
Police believe the shooting was sparked by the toddler’s death. A 15-year-old boy, who was the toddler’s brother, was also fatally shot at the scene. It is unclear whether the teenager, police say, was a passenger in the van or a bystander.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel identified the slain driver as Archie Brown Jr. of Milwaukee, according to his 68-year-old father Archie Brown Sr.
“If I am a man of God and I believe in the Bible, nothing happens without a reason. What the reason is, I don’t know,” he told the Journal Sentinel.
Brown said he is retired, but preaches on the streets and goes by the name of Prophet Brown.
Brown described his son as an entrepreneur, buying, remodeling and renting out houses and other residences.
Police have not released the name of the toddler and the teen. An investigation continues.