BELMONT CRAGIN — A 24-year-old man has been charged in the Aug. 15 shooting that killed 7-year-old Serenity Broughton and wounded her little sister, Aubrey.
Aireon Luster was charged Wednesday with one count each of murder and attempted murder. He was arrested at his grandmother’s home in suburban Riverside and is expected to appear in bond court Thursday, police said.
“These charges are the beginning we hope of bringing some measure of closure to the grieving family,” Supt. David Brown said at a press conference Wednesday.
The shooting happened 2:50 p.m. Aug. 15 in the 6200 block of West Grand Avenue.
Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said Luster was among three people involved in the shooting. They pulled up in a car in a nearby alley. Two people, one of them Luster, got out and shot at a house, aiming for someone who lived there, Deenihan said.
Serenity and Aubrey lived in South Shore and were visiting their grandmother in Belmont Cragin at the time. Their mother was putting them in the car when they were shot.
Serenity was shot in her chest, and Aubrey was shot in her chest and armpit. Serenity was pronounced dead at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. Their grandmother said Aubrey was released from the hospital later that week.
The shooters ran back to the car, and the three people drove off, Deenihan said. Detectives are still investigating in hopes of arresting the other two people involved. No guns have been found from the shooting.
“We’re still asking for the public’s help,” Deenihan said. “There’s another individual in the alley that we believe is discharging a firearm, and then there’s the driver of the vehicle who flees.”
Anyone with information about the shooting can contact police anonymously at cpdtip.org.
“In this case, the public definitely gave some tips and we’re asking for more information because we believe that the public knows the other two people … who are a part of this,” Deenihan said. “We’re hopefully certain that these guys have talked to somebody, have bragged about it, and somebody knows.”
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