5 Year-Old and Mom Shot in Head While Sitting in Car; Mom Critical
A 5-year-old girl has died and her is in mother in critical condition they were shot in the head while sitting in a car. Both victims and transported them to MetroHealth Medical Center, where the little girl passed. Her 33 year-old mom is listed as critical at this time. Mom, her fiance and 5 year-old daughter were leaving a friend’s house when the shooting occurred.
They were siting inside an SUV when a male in a green SUV shot into the cart several times and drove away. They found the car about a block away. The story is still in the developing stages, but it appears they maybe onto a lead, since they have expanded the search to a street not related to the shooting (Riverside Avenue).
WTF is going on? So damn foul. Prayers out to the family. I’ll definitely keep you posted on this one.
At about 7pm I heard that the mom, Noni Brooks will pull through and is listed in fair condition. A vigil is set to go forward on what was suppose to be her 5 year old daughter Jermani’s, her 6th birthday this week. Jermani was supposed to have a pool party for her birthday Thursday night. Instead of the pool party the family is planning a vigil. This is so sad.
Geoffrey Gurkovich, 32, has been arrested for the murder and attempted murder of Jermani and Noni Brooks. He will soon need to be identified in a lineup, so his picture will not be released until a positive identification is made.
Gurkovitch stepped out of his SUV near 130th Street and Crossburn Avenue and shot 33-year-old Noni Brooks and her daughter, Jermani, 5, while they were sitting in their car. However, police say the Brooks family was not the intended target. They say he was trying to shoot his girlfriend, who was nowhere around.
Noni and Jermani were both shot in the head. Noni lost an eye, but has been upgraded from critical to good condition at MetroHealth Medical Center.
There were two other children in the car at the time of the shooting who were left uninjured.
Photo of the suspect released: