SKOKIE, Ill. — Charges were announced Thursday against two adults and a 16-year-old boy in connection with a double shooting that left a 9-year-old dead and his 5-year-old brother with a graze wound.
Richard T. Banks, 22, Christian Anderson, 16, and Tamesha Clark, 32, face charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery.
Prosecutors charged the teenager as an adult.
A judge ordered no bail for the offenders who are from Chicago.
Police responded to a call of shots fired shortly before 12:10 a.m. on May 14 in the 4700 block of Main Street.
Investigators said the suspects fired 35 shots in the home through a window.
Officials said officers located two children with gunshot wounds inside an apartment building. They were laying on a blanket watching television when the shooting occurred.
The 9-year-old, identified as Jeremiah Ellis, suffered multiple gunshot wounds.
Paramedics transported both children to a local hospital, where Jeremiah was pronounced dead.
At a news conference Friday, authorities said they believe this murder is a “retaliation shooting” stemming from an expressway shooting death that occurred in August of 2021.
They said the suspect harbored anger against the victims’ grandparents and wanted to seek revenge for her boyfriend’s death.