CHICAGO (UKTN) – Chicago police on Wednesday evening announced murder charges against a 24-year-old man in the August shooting that killed 7-year-old Serenity Broughton and injured her 6-year-old sister, Aubrey.
Chicago Police Superintendent. David Brown said 24-year-old Aireon Luster was charged with murder and attempted murder in the shooting. Luster was arrested Wednesday morning in the basement of his grandmother’s home on the outskirts of Riverside, after being identified as one of the two gunmen responsible for the shooting.
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“These accusations are the start, we hope, of putting an end to the grieving family of these two innocent little girls who were sitting in a parked car when they were hit by gunfire,” Brown said. .
The charges come a month after Cook County prosecutors dismissed the charges against Luster, who was taken into custody in September. At the time, prosecutors said there was not enough evidence to press charges.
Police have not provided details of the new evidence that has helped them secure charges now.
“What has changed is that we have worked with the state attorney’s office to make sure that we have conducted a thorough and complete investigation, and we have worked together to bring the accused to charge,” he said. said Detective Chief Brendan Deenihan.
Deenihan said police are asking the public for help in locating a second gunman and the fleeing driver involved in the shooting. Detectives have yet to identify these two suspects.
“We think the public is familiar with and are a part of these two individuals, who are likely associated with Luster,” Deenihan said. “We hope these guys talked to someone, bragged about it and someone knows.”
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Acknowledging that potential witnesses might be afraid to come forward, Deenihan said police can provide counseling anonymously online at CPDTip.com
Serenity and Aubrey were shot on Sunday August 15 in the 6200 block of West Grand Avenue in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood.
Deenihan said the girls and their parents were visiting a relative at the time, and their mother and father were taking them in the backseat of their car, when three people in another vehicle pulled up in a nearby alley. , and two of them got out, and started shooting towards the family car.
The shooters then got back into their vehicle and fled.
Police said they believed the shooters were targeting a relative who lived at the house.
Serenity was shot in the chest and torso, and was pronounced dead at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. Aubrey was shot in the chest and right armpit, has a punctured lung and was being treated at Loyola. McDermott said the girls’ mother was putting them in the back seat of the car when the shots rang out.
The girls’ paternal grandmother, Regina Broughton, told reporters her son – the girl’s father – was on the driver’s side of the car as their mother had just finished buckling Aubrey. At that point, the shots rang out and Serenity was lifeless. Broughton said days after the shooting.
“The monster that did this to my granddaughter – I want them to be caught,” she said. “It could have been my whole family because they were all in the car together.”
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Luster is scheduled to appear in bail court Thursday afternoon.