Jaslyn Adams, a 7-year-old girl, died, and her father was hospitalized after they were shot in a McDonald’s drive-thru on Chicago’s West Side on April 18.
An 18-year-old allegedly involved in the shooting was charged with first-degree murder and more than a dozen other charges on Saturday, bringing Adams’ family one step closer to justice, as reported by the Law Officier.
According to police, Marion Lewis was stopped by police on Thursday, but he crashed his car while attempting to flee on the Eisenhower Expressway. After reportedly attempting to carjack a family’s vehicle, Lewis was shot and arrested.
Chicago police Superintendent David Brown said that officers approached the suspect, who was shot several times by the officer. The suspect was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
According to Chicago police, two weapons were also recovered from the shooting site on the expressway.
“We don’t know if the offender shot back. We can’t confirm that at this point,” Brown said.
Lewis was charged with first-degree murder, three counts of attempted murder, kidnapping, aggravated vehicular hijacking, aggravated assault of a police officer, and other charges.
CPD was also seeking multiple other suspects in the murder of Jaslyn Adams.
“You can run, but you can’t hide,” Brown said at a news conference Saturday. “We are going to bring you to justice for this crime. The Adams family deserves nothing less.”
“It just don’t make no sense that a 7-year-old baby lost her life in this McDonald’s driveway. 7-year-old,” the girl’s grandmother, Lawanda McMullen, told FOX 32. “Six bullets riddled her little body because someone did a cowardly act.”
Jaslyn Adams was discovered in a bullet-riddled car in a McDonald’s drive-thru and was rushed to the hospital by a Chicago police officer. At the hospital, she was pronounced dead. She was struck several times across her body, according to investigators.
Jontae Adams, 29, the victim’s father, was also hit, according to family members. He was shot in the upper body, according to Chicago police. He was rushed to the same hospital as his daughter’s, where he was listed in critical condition but expected to survive.
On Sunday night, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot took to Twitter to express her “heartbreak and rage” over the attack, calling for an end to “the epidemic of gun violence.”
I am heartbroken and angered that a 7-year-old child was killed this afternoon on Chicago’s West Side. This unthinkable act of violence has no place here. The epidemic of gun violence cutting our children’s lives short cannot go on.
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) April 19, 2021