CHICAGO — A Chicago man has been charged with murder Thursday for allegedly shooting a 7-year-old last month.
Police said Joseph Serrano, 19, was arrested Monday and charged with a felony count of first-degree murder for allegedly shooting Akeem Briscoe,
Akeem was washing his hands in the bathroom of his parents’ home near Humboldt Park around 8:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26, when a bullet came crashing through a window, hitting Akeem in the stomach and later killing him.
On Tuesday, a 16-year-old boy was also charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Briscoe.
Initially, a third person, an 18-year-old man, was charged. But on Thursday, charges were dropped against that man in bond court.
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s statement is below.
“The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office has an ethical obligation only to bring forth charges when they are supported by the facts, evidence, and law. On October 26, 2022, seven-year-old, Akeem Briscoe, was tragically and senselessly killed by gunfire while he was inside his home. We have reviewed the evidence in this case and have charged two individuals with First Degree Murder. A third individual was arrested and CPD filed charges against him, but the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office has not yet made a charging decision as to this third offender. As always, as additional evidence is gathered, we stand ready to bring charges when appropriate. Our communities are plagued by horrific violence that claims too many innocent victims; however, we must adhere to our ethical and legal standards in evaluating charges.“