34-year-old man charged in fatal shooting of 6-year-old Milwaukee boy

Posted at 11:33 AM, Oct 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-24 19:00:44-04

MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee man has been charged in the murder of 6-year-old Justin Evans Jr.

Evans Jr. was shot and killed in front of his grandmother’s house back in July. 34-year-old Robert Anderson Jr. made his first appearance in Milwaukee County Court Tuesday afternoon. Court records show he was taken into custody after a key witness came forward. 

“This happened a half a block away from my house and my grandson is the one, the innocent person getting caught with a bullet,” said Evans Jr.’s grandmother Cindy Kloss. 

Kloss said she’s been waiting three months to see her grandson’s alleged killer in court to finally feel a small piece of justice. 

“The justice I want is this man to be tortured he breathes like I’m being tortured every day I breathe not seeing my grandson,” she said. 

Court records list one witness who recalls Anderson Jr. firing several rounds at a vehicle that was doing donuts on N. 23rd St. on Milwaukee’s north side. The Milwaukee Co. Medical Examiner said a bullet struct Evans Jr. in the heart.  

“(He was) getting ready to go fishing, he was going in there to say bye to his mom,” Kloss recalled. 

Evans Jr. was taken to the hospital where he died. Before police arrived on scene, the witness claims Anderson Jr. took off in a car with two other men. 

“We acknowledge the serious nature of that offense and Mr. Anderson looks forward to addressing that in court,” said Anderson Jr.’s defense attorney.  

“He ain’t got feelings, he’s not a human because why would it take you three months to get caught where you could have been a man and turned yourself in when you seen on TV what he had done to an innocent child,” said Kloss. 

Anderson Jr.’s bond has been set at $257,500 for one count of First Degree Reckless Homicide and two counts of possessing a firearm by a felon. Anderson Jr. is due back in court on October 31 for his preliminary hearing.