Chicago police have captured a suspect they believe shot and killed 7-year-old Jaslyn Adams while she sat in a car with her father in a McDonald’s drive-thru earlier this week.
Authorities have not released the man’s name, but they said charges are pending against him, according to WLS. He was taken into custody after being shot by police following a brief pursuit on the Eisenhower Expressway.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Jaslyn was killed and her father, 29-year-old Jontae Adams, was wounded in the shooting, which took place Sunday night.
Jaslyn’s grandmother, Lawanda McMullen, told NBC 5 Chicago that she was “just so overwhelmed” upon hearing the news that a suspect was in custody.
“I’ve been trying to call detectives (all day),” she said. “It’s a bittersweet feeling. I don’t know how to feel right now.”
“I hope and pray to God that this is him,” McMullen said. “We can live in peace, just a little bit, and have a little piece in our hearts and in our minds for ‘Pinky.’”
Jontae Adams was at a vigil Wednesday for his daughter.
“’Daddy. Her last words was ‘daddy,’” he said. “I want my daughter’s killers locked up.”
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown told reporters that officers were watching a suspect in the murder Thursday afternoon at about 4 p.m., according to WLS. They tried to pull him over on Interstate 290, he said, but he took off and crashed, then tried to carjack a vehicle that had stopped in the traffic.
Illinois State Police said that the man fired at Chicago Police officers before one of them fired at him, striking him in the arm. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.
Brown, however, said he wasn’t sure if the suspect fired.
“The investigation will determine i the offender shot back or not,” he said. “We fired and struck the suspect multiple times.”
Police said they recovered two firearms from the suspect.
Anyone with information or possible tips is urged to call 1-800-U-TELL-US or send a message to the Chicago Police Department’s text line at 274637.
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