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Chicago police shoot suspect in 7-year-old girl’s murder during chase on I-290

The man was wanted in the murder of Jaslyn Adams, who was shot Sunday afternoon inside a car with her father at a Homan Square McDonald’s drive-thru.

Police say they shot a man wanted in the fatal shooting of Jaslyn Adams (left), who was shot Sunday at a Homan Square McDonald’s drive-thru.
Police say they shot a man wanted in the fatal shooting of Jaslyn Adams (left), who was shot Sunday at a Homan Square McDonald’s drive-thru.
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A suspect in the weekend murder of a 7-year-old girl at a West Side McDonald’s was chased by police on the Eisenhower Expressway Thursday afternoon and shot while he allegedly tried to carjack someone, police said.

Police shot the man multiple times after he crashed a vehicle and then tried to carjack a family on inbound I-290 near Mannheim Road, Police Supt. David Brown told reporters.

Brown said the man was wanted in the murder of Jaslyn Adams, who was shot Sunday afternoon inside a car with her father in Homan Square.

Shortly after 4 p.m., Chicago police officers performing surveillance of the suspect in a western suburb attempted to stop the suspect’s vehicle on the expressway, Brown said. That’s when the suspect crashed on the shoulder of the roadway and attempted to carjack a vehicle carrying a family.

A police officer investigates a vehicle Wednesday after a suspect in the killing of Jaslyn Adams was shot by Chicago police and taken into custody.
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The officers then shot the suspect multiple times, Brown said.

“We don’t know if the offender shot back. We can’t confirm that at this point,” he said. Two guns allegedly belonging to the suspect were recovered at the scene.

Brown said the suspect was taken to a hospital for treatment. Police spokesman Tom Ahern said the man was expected to survive. No officers were hurt.

“There were other people involved” in the incident, Brown said, but no one else was taken into custody.

Brown said the shooting is being investigated by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, which probes all shootings involving city police officers.

Jaslyn was killed Sunday after two people exited a car and opened fire in a McDonald’s drive-thru at 3200 W. Roosevelt Road.

The girl, who has three siblings and was nicknamed “Pinky,” was shot repeatedly and taken by police to Stroger Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Her father, Jontae Adams, was treated for a gunshot wound to his torso, police said.

Chicago Police on Sunday evening investigate a shooting scene where a 7-year-old girl was shot and killed, and her father was seriously wounded while in their car at a McDonald’s in the Homan Square neighborhood.
Chicago Police on Sunday evening investigate a shooting scene where a 7-year-old girl was shot to death and her father was seriously wounded while in their car at a McDonald’s in the Homan Square neighborhood.
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“That’s my baby I just lost,” Adams told reporters Wednesday. “I got shot. My baby got shot six times… I want my daughter’s killers locked up.”

Jaslyn’s grandmother, Lawanda McMullen, told the Sun-Times she was relieved to learn that one of the suspected gunmen had been arrested.

But McMullen said she still has lingering concerns about the investigation into Jaslyn’s killing, including whether the man who was shot and taken into custody was actually involved.

“Right now, I just don’t know how to feel,” McMullen said. “If he is the killer, hopefully we can catch both killers [and] we can get a full investigation so our family can come to some type of closure.”

Racked with grief and waiting for answers, McMullen said she now feels trapped in “a nightmare that I haven’t woken up from.”

“I still haven’t ate. I can barely sleep,” she said. “It’s just like we’re at a standstill right now.”

Police said the shooting was gang-related and was believed to be tied to another shooting less than three hours later that wounded two people at a Popeyes in Humboldt Park.

Earlier Thursday, police announced charges in the unrelated shooting of 22-month-old Kayden Swann, who was shot in his head during a road rage shooting on Lake Shore Drive near Grant Park.

Dozens of family members and supporters of 7-year-old Jaslyn Adams gather for a vigil outside the girl’s grandmother’s West Side home, Wednesday evening, April 21, 2021. Jaslyn was fatally shot Sunday, April 18, while in line at a McDonald’s drive-thru with her father, who suffered one gunshot wound to the back and survived.
Dozens of family members and supporters of 7-year-old Jaslyn Adams gather for a vigil outside the girl’s grandmother’s West Side home, Wednesday evening, April 21, 2021. Jaslyn was fatally shot Sunday, April 18, while in line at a McDonald’s drive-thru with her father, who suffered one gunshot wound to the back and survived.
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