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CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago police announced murder charges against a 24-year-old man Wednesday night in the August shooting that killed 7-year-old Serenity Broughton, and injured her 6-year-old sister, Aubrey.

Chicago Police Supt. David Brown said 24-year-old Aireon Luster has been charged with murder and attempted murder in the shooting.

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“These charges are the beginning, we hope, of bringing some measure of closure to the grieving family of these two innocent little girls who were sitting in a parked car when they were struck by gunfire,” Brown said.

The charges come one month after Cook County prosecutors declined charges against a person of interest who had been taken into custody in September, citing insufficient evidence.

At the time, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said they were “committed to seeking justice for victims and will continue to work with the Chicago Police Department as they further investigate this crime.”

Serenity and Aubrey were shot on Sunday, August 15, in the 6200 block of West Grand Avenue in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood.

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Police responding to a ShotSpotter alert of gunfire found the girls, who had suffered multiple gunshot wounds, in a vehicle parked on the street. The officers rendered first aid until Chicago Fire Department paramedics came and took the girls to the hospital.

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 pierced lung and was being treated at Loyola. McDermott said the girls’ mother was getting them into the back seat of the car when the shots rang out.

The girls’ paternal grandmother, Regina Broughton, told reporters that her son – the girl’s father – was on the driver’s side of the car while their mother had just finished buckling Aubrey in. 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 caught,” she said. “It could have been my whole family, because they were all in the car together.”

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Police said the girls were not believed to be the intended targets.

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Teen Boy Slapped With 61 Charges For Lancaster Park City Center Mall Shooting, DA Says

A 16-year-old boy is facing 61 charges in last weekend's shooting at Park City Center.

Jeremiahs Josiah-Alberto Sanchez, of Lancaster, fired a gun stolen out of Lebanon County in Sunday's incident, the District Attorney's office said.

Sergio Vargas, 30, Elijah Deliz,18, and three other men were involved with the fight that led up to the shooting, but none were charged, authorities said.

Josiah-Alberto Sanchez was charged as an adult with the following:

  • Two counts of criminal attempted homicide.
  • Three counts of aggravated assault.
  • 52 counts of recklessly endangering another person.
  • One count of person not to possess a firearm.
  • One count of carrying a firearm without a license.
  • One count of possession of a firearm by a minor.
  • One count of receiving stolen property.

The armed bystander who intervened will not be charged, according to the DA.

"It is very fortunate that more people were not hurt,"Lancaster County District Attorney Heather Adams said Friday morning during a news conference.

"The armed civilian’s actions were not only justified under the law, but potentially and likely prevented others from serious injury or death."

Anyone with information on the incident at Park City Center is asked to call the Lancaster City Bureau of Police at 717-735-3301.

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