Teen Was Out to Shoot Rival Gang Members, Not Girls: Cops

South side teen charged Friday in shooting death of 9-year-old girl, her cousin

Friday, Aug 13, 2010  |  Updated 9:59 PM CDT
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A South Side teen charged in connection with the shooting death of a 9-year-old girl earlier this week was out to shoot rival gang members, authorities said Friday.

Steshawn Brisco, 17, of the 200 block of West 110th Street, was charged as an adult Friday afternoon with first degree-murder and aggravated battery with a firearm.

Police believe Brisco was one of two people who rode through the area of Indiana Avenue and 107th Street on bicycles, firing shots moments after a group of teens were arguing.  He was not targeting the girls, police said.

Tanaja Stokes,9, and her 7-year-old cousin were shot Tuesday night while playing in their front yard with family members nearby. Stokes died.

The 7-year-old, Ariana Jones, is recovering from a fractured skull.  She has fragments of bullets in her head, her mother said.

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