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Milwaukee man charged with killing 3-year-old Brooklyn Harris

Posted at 12:54 PM, Jul 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 19:21:16-04

The man who fired shots into a vehicle resulting in the death of a 3-year-old girl has been charged.

Antonio Bratcher was charged Wednesday.

According to police, 3-year-old Brooklyn Harris' mother picked up a friend and her child in the in the 4200 block of W. Bonny Place Saturday. Once in the car, they noticed a black SUV parked behind them.

Harris' mother said she started to pull away from the curb but then stopped to wait for the SUV to pass. The vehicle remained stopped, so Harris' mother pulled away from the curb into traffic.

Timeline of how a 3-year-old died during a suspected road rage incident

Police say she was driving northbound when she heard a gunshot and turned around to see the back window of the vehicle had been shattered and her 3-year-old daughter had fallen over in her seat in obvious distress.

Harris' mother continued driving at this point and the friend in the passenger seat ordered the other three children in the vehicle, ages one, two and three, to get onto the rear floorboards.

Bratcher, who was driving the SUV, then pointed the gun at the open driver's window and shot approximately twice more.

Once on the scene, officers observed that the 3-year-old had a gunshot wound to her head and was not breathing. She was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Officers later located bullet holes in the trunk and near the gas tank of the vehicle, in addition to the shattered windshield.

Bratcher fled the scene before police arrived, but was later found hiding under a front porch in the 1600 block of N. 27th St.

He is charged with one count of first degree reckess homicide, use of a dangerous weapon, five counts of first degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm by felon and flee or elude an officer.

Bratcher was previously convicted of four counts of armed robbery, a class B felony, in 1998.