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Officers responded to a 911 call of shots fired about 12:08 a.m. in the 4700-block of Main Street on May 12, police said.
Residents said they heard several rounds of bullets flying through the neighborhood. A window was shattered, with one of the bullets coming through the other side of a building.
“I thought it was firecrackers. All I heard was just a bunch of pops,” said Joel Rolnick.
They found the kids shot inside an apartment building. Jeremiah Ellis, 9, had been shot multiple times, and his 5-year-old brother suffered a graze wound, police said.
The children were transported to a local hospital, where Jeremiah succumbed to his injuries, officials said.
Skokie police announced charges against 22-year-old Richard T. Banks and 16-year-old Christian Anderson. Both are from Chicago.
Both have been charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and aggravated battery. They have both been held without bond.
The Cook County State’s Attorney is still reviewing the case for a third person.
Police are expected to hold a press conference at 3 p.m. to release more information.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to call the Skokie Police Department at 847-982-5900.
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