Search On For Third Suspect In Shooting Of 1-Year-Old

CHICAGO (CBS) — Cook County prosecutors said Thursday that authorities are searching for a third gunman in the shooting of a 1-year-old girl earlier this week.

Bond was denied Thursday for Gary Moore and Fredrick Dean, both 16, in the shooting that left 1-year-old Melanie Jasa critically wounded on Tuesday.

During their bond hearing, Cook County prosecutors said police were searching for a third gunman in the case.

Melanie Jasa was shot in the head at 85th Street and Muskegon Avenue in the South Chicago neighborhood Tuesday morning, while she was with her 15-year-old aunt walking the family dog.

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She remained in critical condition at Children’s Memorial Hospital on Thursday.

Moore and Dean were both charged as adults with two counts each of attempted murder and one count each of aggravated battery with a firearm, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.

Moore, Dean and the third gunman — members of the Vice Lords — shot the baby while trying to gun down a man they believed to be a member of the rival Latin Dragon street gang early Tuesday morning, prosecutors said.

The gunmen were aiming their fire at a man riding a bicycle, police said. The bicyclist fled, as did the shooters, police said.

It was the uncharged, armed man who passed out guns to Moore and Dean as they stood in a gangway, prosecutors said.

The trio shot toward their 27-year-old target, who was riding a bicycle, prosecutors said. The uncharged man made an extra effort, chasing after his perceived rival. A bullet seared through the bicyclist’s pants, creating a hole but the man was unharmed.

Melanie’s aunt fell to the ground with the baby in an effort to protect the infant.

The girl was taken to Advocate Trinity Hospital initially then transferred to Children’s Memorial Hospital, where she underwent surgery, police said.

The shooting happened around the corner from the infant’s home, and a trail of blood led from the site of the shooting back to the home before rain washed it away.

The baby’s mother is a Chicago Public Schools senior, a neighbor said. The teen lives with her sister, two brothers, their parents and the infant in a garden apartment of a home on the 8300 block of South Muskegon Avenue.

(The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.)

  • NWA


    Damn White Racist Chicagoans! Before this picture was posted the White racist Chicagoans were posting negatives about the family of this child. How the aunt was only fifteen and the mother of the child being a high school senior. How something must be wrong with the family of this child. How they must be Black people. Well, they are not Black, at least the child is not Black. Fact is, it’s not about skin color. It’s about humanity. It’s always been about humanity. That’s something the White racist Chicagoans have a problem exhibiting.


    • Jaquandria White

      @NWA, I don’t know what happened to this kids skin color, maybe this high school girl was spreading her legs for many guys including white guys, it’s really irrelevant to the story. It’s not about skin color. In the black community it is normal for a girl to have kids before she is 18. Once those welfare checks start flowing, another kid is like getting a raise at work, only they don’t have to work, our taxes pay for everything for them. So have a little humanity and stop referring to whites as racists. You play that racist card far too often!!! S.O.S.

  • fed up



    Why is ppl focus on the race of her family… The fact is a child is fighting for her life and all ppl cans say is she black, does it matter.. Bullets have no name and it sure as hell not worried about color nor age… This coulda been your family…

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