Cops: Gang member fired ‘without care,’ hit girl at sleepover
BY STEFANO ESPOSITO MITCH DUDEK AND FRANK MAIN Staff Reporters July 24, 2014 9:36AM
Tevin Lee has been charged in the shooting death of 11-year-old Shamiya Adams. | Photo from Chicago Police
Updated: August 26, 2014 6:25AM
As they prepared to bury 11-year-old Shamiya Adams — killed last week by a stray bullet — family members were relieved to hear Thursday that murder charges had been filed against the alleged shooter.
The senseless circumstances behind the shooting, however, offered them no solace.
Tevin Lee, an 18-year-old gang member, fired into a crowd of people Friday afternoon in the West Garfield Park neighborhood — retaliation for an earlier fistfight between two 14-year-old boys, police said.
One of the bullets entered a home on the 3900 block of West Gladys and hit Shamiya in the head as she prepared to microwave s’mores while at a slumber party at a friend’s house.
“I’m just glad they caught the guy . . . and we can bury my grandbaby in peace,” said Nanette Dailey, Shamiya’s grandmother. Shamiya’s twin brother, Jeremiah, is trying to understand where his sister is, she said.
“We don’t really think that he understands his sister has gone to heaven, he’s just trying to be strong for his mother,” Dailey said.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday said he planned to pay his third visit toShamiya’s mother, Shaneetha Goodloe, and called her after hearing about the charges.
“I didn’t do it just as mayor. I also did it as a father of three kids… whose own kids do sleepovers and have sleepovers, as a fellow parent to give her the strength, the notion that she’s not alone…. so she knows that she has the resolve to keep going,” said Emanuel after groundbreaking ceremonies at a $500 million office tower along the Chicago River.
“There are too many guns easily available and too little values… around to guide people,” he said. “A bunch of teenagers had a disagreement that, at worst, should have been a fist fight. Some individual, 19, goes and gets a gun to resolve it and there’s been a senseless, meaningless loss of life… We can do something about this. If you have a dispute, leave it words. If you can’t leave it to words, leave it alone. Put the guns down. A dispute between two… young men should not result in gun violence. We are a better city with better people and better values.”
Lee, of the 600 block of South Lawndale Avenue, was charged with murder and was expected in bond court Friday.
“After observing the rival gang members, he opened fire without care or regard to the safety of anyone else,” Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said Thursday at a news conference.
Lee, a graduate of Crane High School, fired in retaliation for a fight between two 14-year-olds earlier in the day, police said.
“A couple of 14-year-olds get into a fight, somebody introduces a gun into the situation, and we now have another child murdered,” McCarthy said.
“This is haunting,” he added. “This is a pattern that we have to break.”
He was referring to the similarity between this case and that of 14-year-old shooting victim Endia Martin, who was killed in April. Another 14-year-old girl is accused of firing the fatal shot in that crime.
Police have not recovered the gun used in Shamiya’s death.
McCarthy, though, said police had “nine good witnesses” and praised the community for stepping up.
“Folks came forward and helped us, which really pushed us along in the investigation,” McCarthy said. “We couldn’t be more confident we’ve got the right guy.”
The shooting was in retaliation for the beating of a boy who was riding his bicycle, sources said.
The boy told his older brother and later that day, Lee and other members of the Gangster Disciples went looking for rivals they believed were responsible, the sources said.
When they found the rivals, Lee allegedly fired at them.
The initial lead in the case came from a witness who contacted detectives after the murder, sources said.
Lee was arrested twice last year, once for soliciting unlawful business in August and once for battery in October. Both cases were dropped. In the battery case, the complaining witness didn’t show up in court, records show.
The girl and a group of her friends had been sitting in a circle in bedroom at her friend’s house, about to enjoy marshmallow s’mores, when gunshots rang out.
One bullet came in through a window and struck Shamiya in the head.
She was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she underwent surgery and was placed on a breathing machine. She was pronounced dead at 7:33 a.m. Saturday, according to the medical examiner’s office.
The day Shamiya died, family, friends and neighbors gathered for a vigil outside the home where she had been shot.
A spokesman for Ald. Jason Ervin, who earlier this week announced an $8,000 reward for information leading to the shooter, said Thursday that he did not know if the money had been awarded to anyone.
Contributing: Jordan Owen, Becky Schlikerman, Brian Slodysko