Chief: Mother, Child in “Wrong Place at Wrong Time”
CLEVELAND – An arrest was made Tuesday in connection with the shooting death of a 5-year-old girl.
Jermani Brooks was shot in the head Sunday night while sitting in an SUV with her mother on Crossburn Avenue on Cleveland’s west side.
Noni Brooks, 33, was also shot in the head. She was upgraded to fair condition at MetroHealth Medical Center.
At a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath said the suspect is Geoffrey Gurkovich, 32.
He was arrested Tuesday morning in Newburgh Heights.
The chief said Gurkovich was the boyfriend of a 22-year-old woman who made a “domestic-type” report on Sunday. As a result of that complaint, he went looking for a person and decided to fire numerous rounds into the SUV.
Chief McGrath said Jermani and Noni were not the targets. They were “in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Gurkovich, who has a criminal record, is expected to be charged Wednesday.
A vigil in honor of Jermani will be held on Thursday, which would have been her sixth birthday.
A fund has been set up in Jermani’s name; a donation can be made at any KeyBank.