Jerrell Dorsey, Chicago Man, Charged In Shooting Death Of 7-Year-Old Girl Selling Candy
A 26-year-old Chicago man police say is a gang member was charged early Sunday in the slaying of a 7-year-old girl who had been selling candy with her mother at the time she was fatally struck by a stray bullet.
Heaven, who would have been a second grader in the fall, was struck in the back before being taken to Loyola University Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.
Police say an ongoing feud between two rival gangs was responsible for Heaven's shooting death, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Police say Dorsey is affiliated with an area gang. A 19-year-old man whom police allege is a gang member was also wounded in the ankle during the incident.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel released a statement Saturday, after Dorsey was taken into police custody, thanking members of the Austin neighborhood for sharing information with police that eventually led to the man's arrest.
"No parent should have to endure this type of pain," Emanuel said in the statement, CBS Chicago reports. "Bringing Heaven’s shooter to justice will not bring her back, but I hope it will provide some level of solace to her family. We cannot lose another innocent child to violence and I will continue to fight to make sure the Chicago Police has the resources it needs to stop the violence."