By Timothy Mclaughlin
CHICAGO Police have arrested a 19-year-old Chicago man suspected of killing an 11-year-old girl, one of three young children shot in the city in recent days, officials said on Wednesday. Antwan Jones, 19, turned himself into police late on Tuesday evening. He was charged with first-degree murder, Chicago Police Department commander Brendan Deenihan told reporters at a news conference on Wednesday morning. Takiya Holmes, 11, was shot in the head on Saturday evening while sitting in the back seat of a van outside the Parkway Gardens housing complex on the city's South Side. She died on Tuesday morning. Jones, who lives in Parkway Gardens, was firing at three individuals who he felt did not belong in the area, and Holmes was struck by a stray bullet, Deenihan said.
"These are handguns, and when the bullets start flying, they go everywhere," Deenihan said. "This is not a very accurate weapon." Jones has a lengthy juvenile record, said Deenihan, who declined to comment on specifics.Community members, including Andrew Holmes, Takiya's cousin and a well-known activist, helped to identify Jones and convince him to turn himself in, Deenihan said.
"We need the community to help us," Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said. "In this case, they stepped up."Holmes was one of two young girls shot on Saturday. The other, 12-year-old Kanari Gentry Bowers, was hit in the head by gunfire on Saturday while she played with friends outside Henderson Elementary School. She remains in the hospital.
A 2-year-old boy, Lavontay White, was killed on Tuesday during a triple shooting captured on Facebook Live by his pregnant aunt, who was injured. A male victim was killed. "One victim of one shooting is one too many," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement on Tuesday night, "but when innocent children are caught in the crossfire of gun violence and young people have their childhood stolen by stray bullets, our consciences are shaken, and our hearts are broken." (Reporting by Timothy Mclaughlin in Chicago; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)
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Published Date: Feb 16, 2017 12:31 am | Updated Date: Feb 16, 2017 12:31 am