Teen Gang Member Charged with Shooting of 6-year-old girl


A 17-year-old boy has been charged in connection with a Palmer Square shooting Monday night that left 6-year-old Jaylene Bermeo in critical condition, police announced in a news release Wednesday.
Police are not releasing the boy’s identity since he is a juvenile.

The child was in the 2100 block of North Bingham Street on Monday night with several other children when the boy drove by and fired shots, police said.

He apparently was aiming at a group of Spanish Cobra gang members inside a nearby house. Instead, Jaylene was hit in the back, and the bullet collapsed her lung.

A man nearby walked out to see her bleeding on the sidewalk, picked her up and then put her into a silver Toyota driven by another man, police said.

They headed south on Western Avenue toward Presence Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center. They soon were followed by a police commander who heard the shots and thought the car was somehow involved, the report said.

The commander learned the car was carrying the victim and he later spoke to the girl’s mother at the hospital, police said. Jaylene was transferred to Stroger Hospital in critical condition.

The teen was arrested Tuesday after police identified him as the shooter. Police did not release information about when he is expected to appear in court.

Jaylene remains hospitalized, and her family says her condition is improving. Continue Reading

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