EVANSTON, Ill. — Evanston police announced an arrest Wednesday in a July shooting which left a teen girl in critical condition.
Dejuan Richardson, 17, of Sauk Village, was charged with attempted murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm. He is being charged as an adult, police said.
The girl, who was 13 at the time, and a group of friends were in a backyard for a birthday party in the 1300 block of Fowler Avenue on July 25 . At around 6:20 p.m., Richardson allegedly fired seven shots over a fence.
The victim, named Marie, was struck once and suffered a spinal cord injury. Prosecutors said he targeted someone in the backyard he previously played basketball with, but Marie was struck.
According to an August 10 update on a GoFundMe, Marie has come out of a coma, but remains on life support and is expected to be permanently paralyzed.
WGN News was told Marie’s family came to America as refugees from Rwanda.
The update also stated she turned 14 years old on Monday. The page has raised more than $22,000, far exceeding its stated goal of $10,000.
Richardson is being held without bail.