Suspect arrested in shooting death of 11-year-old Chicago girl | Reuters

By Timothy Mclaughlin | CHICAGO 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

Reuters February 16, 2017 00:31:58 IST
Suspect arrested in shooting death of 11-year-old Chicago girl
| Reuters

Suspect arrested in shooting death of 11yearold Chicago girl
 Reuters

By Timothy Mclaughlin
| CHICAGO

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)

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.

Updated Date:

TAGS:

also read

France, Germany to agree to NATO role against Islamic State - sources
| Reuters
World

France, Germany to agree to NATO role against Islamic State - sources | Reuters

By Robin Emmott and John Irish | BRUSSELS/PARIS BRUSSELS/PARIS France and Germany will agree to a U.S. plan for NATO to take a bigger role in the fight against Islamic militants at a meeting with President Donald Trump on Thursday, but insist the move is purely symbolic, four senior European diplomats said.The decision to allow the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to join the coalition against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq follows weeks of pressure on the two allies, who are wary of NATO confronting Russia in Syria and of alienating Arab countries who see NATO as pushing a pro-Western agenda."NATO as an institution will join the coalition," said one senior diplomat involved in the discussions. "The question is whether this just a symbolic gesture to the United States

China's Xi says navy should become world class
| Reuters
World

China's Xi says navy should become world class | Reuters

BEIJING Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday called for greater efforts to make the country's navy a world class one, strong in operations on, below and above the surface, as it steps up its ability to project power far from its shores.China's navy has taken an increasingly prominent role in recent months, with a rising star admiral taking command, its first aircraft carrier sailing around self-ruled Taiwan and a new aircraft carrier launched last month.With President Donald Trump promising a US shipbuilding spree and unnerving Beijing with his unpredictable approach on hot button issues including Taiwan and the South and East China Seas, China is pushing to narrow the gap with the U.S. Navy.Inspecting navy headquarters, Xi said the navy should "aim for the top ranks in the world", the Defence Ministry said in a statement about his visit."Building a strong and modern navy is an important mark of a top ranking global military," the ministry paraphrased Xi as saying.