Skokie shooting: Teen among 2 charged in murder, attempted murder of 2 young brothers

9-year-old Jeremiah Ellis was fatally shot and his 5-year-old brother was grazed in the shooting, police said
SKOKIE, Ill. (WLS) -- Two people have been charged in the fatal shooting of a 9-year-old boy and the attempted murder of a 5-year-old at north suburban Skokie apartment, according to police.

Officers responded to a 911 call of shots fired about 12:08 a.m. in the 4700-block of Main Street on May 12, police said.

Residents said they heard several rounds of bullets flying through the neighborhood. A window was shattered, with one of the bullets coming through the other side of a building.

"I thought it was firecrackers. All I heard was just a bunch of pops," said Joel Rolnick.

They found the kids shot inside an apartment building. Jeremiah Ellis, 9, had been shot multiple times, and his 5-year-old brother suffered a graze wound, police said.

The children were transported to a local hospital, where Jeremiah succumbed to his injuries, officials said.

Skokie police announced charges against 22-year-old Richard T. Banks and 16-year-old Christian Anderson. Both are from Chicago.

Both have been charged with first degree murder, attempted murder and aggravated battery. They have both been held without bond.

The Cook County State's Attorney is still reviewing the case for a third person.

Police are expected to hold a press conference at 3 p.m. Friday to release more information.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to call the Skokie Police Department at 847-982-5900.
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