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Driver, teen shot to death after van hits and kills toddler in Milwaukee

Heather Childers reports from New York

 

Wisconsin police continued the search Monday for anyone involved in the fatal shooting of a teenager and a van driver who struck and killed a 2-year-old toddler in Milwaukee a day earlier.

Authorities say the toddler ran into the street and was struck about 5 p.m. Sunday on Milwaukee's northwest side.

The 41-year-old van driver was shot and killed at the scene after stopping his vehicle, according to police. A 15-year-old boy who was also at the scene was shot and died later at a hospital. It's not clear why the teen was shot.

Police have not identified any of the people killed Sunday, but a man who said he is the driver's father identified him as Archie Brown Jr. of Milwaukee. Archie Brown Sr. told the Journal Sentinel that his son had four daughters, including one who is 6 months old.

"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 added.

Brown Sr. said police told him that the toddler hit was a 2-year-old girl, and a young man was with his son in the van, but was not injured in the shooting.

“I was shooting golf balls and I was watching the little child playing with his lawn mower — like cutting the grass," a neighbor, who was not identified, told Fox 6 News. "My grandkids were telling me that I left just before all of this happened."

Brown's father described his son as an entrepreneur, buying, remodeling and renting out homes.

“My son has gone to eternity," Brown Sr. said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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