Gang Member that Shot, Killed 11 year old Girl was aiming at 3 Rivals

Antwan C. Jones was walking down the street Saturday evening when he spotted three gang rivals selling pot in Black Disciples territory and opened fire from across King Drive, according to police and prosecutors.

As happens too often in Chicago, Jones missed his target and instead wounded 11-year-old Takiya Holmes in the right temple as she sat in a van with her 3-year-old brother, her mother and her aunt in the Parkway Gardens complex, authorities said.

“Across the street he saw three individuals who he felt did not belong in the area and he chose to get a handgun,” police Cmdr. Brendan Deenihan said. “Obviously, we know now that he didn’t hit any of them.

“And this poor young girl, this 11-year-old, Takiya, she pulls up in a van. The van couldn’t have been there more than a minute and this stray bullet strikes her, causing her death,” Deenihan said.

Takiya was rushed to Comer Children’s Hospital a mile and a half to the north, where she was taken off life support Tuesday morning. She was one of three children shot in Chicago in three days.

In bond court Wednesday afternoon, Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil ordered that Johnson, wearing a maroon jacket with a faux fur hood, be held without bond on a first-degree murder charge. Continue Reading
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