A man who police said was a suspect in the murder of 7-year-old Jaslyn Adams was shot by police Thursday afternoon after the man allegedly attempted to carjack the vehicle of a family stopped in traffic near Mannheim Road.
“Shortly after 4 p.m. today, officers from the Chicago Police Department began surveillance in a west suburb of Chicago,” said Supt. David Brown during a press conference later in the day.
Brown said Chicago Police were surveilling the suspect in a suburb. After several attempts were made to stop the man’s vehicle while he was traveling eastbound on the Eisenhower Expressway, the man crashed the vehicle, exited it and attempted to carjack the vehicle of a family stopped in traffic, Brown said.
Officers confronted the suspect and shot him multiple times before recovering two firearms from the suspect, Brown said. The suspect was then transported to an area hospital. His condition, so far, is unknown.
Chicago’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) is currently investigating the shooting.
Adams was fatally shot on April 18 while in a McDonald’s drive-thru on the West Side. The girl lived on the 1000 block of South Ridgeland Avenue, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner.
“I am heartbroken and angered that a 7-year-old child was killed this afternoon on Chicago’s West Side,” said Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot tweeted on April 18.
“This unthinkable act of violence has no place here. The epidemic of gun violence cutting our children’s lives short cannot go on.”