CHICAGO (AP) – A man is charged with an August shootout that killed a 7-year-old Chicago girl and seriously injured her younger sister.
Police charged Aireon Luster, 24, on Wednesday with first degree murder and attempted murder in the death of Serenity Broughton. He was detained without ties during a trial Thursday.
Authorities claim he was one of two armed men who got out of a car in an alley and opened fire when Serenity’s mother put the sisters in a parked car. Police said a relative was the intended target, and prosecutors said in court documents that an uncle of the girls was in an ongoing argument with Luster.
The officials collected more than two dozen cartridge cases, the authorities said. Serenity was hit in the chest and died in a hospital. Her 6-year-old sister, Aubrey, was shot in the armpit and chest but recovered.
The girls’ grandmother, Regina Broughton, told the Chicago Sun-Times that she was “thrilled” when she heard someone was charged.
“I feel like my family is one step closer to justice,” she said. “I feel like the judiciary is working for us.”
In court documents, prosecutors said there was no video of the shooting itself, but there was a video showing Luster and another man getting out of a silver car nearby and that two witnesses identified Luster as one of the men . Prosecutors also said records indicate that Luster owns a silver car.
The police are still looking for the second shooter and the driver of the getaway car.
“We are still asking for public help,” said police chief Brendan Deenihan. “We are asking for more information because we believe the public knows these other two people who are likely connected to and part of Luster.”