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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -
A little girl was killed and her mother injured in a shooting on Cleveland's west side late Sunday night.
Officers were called to the 12800 block of Crossburn Avenue for shots fired. Once on scene, cops found five-year-old Jermani Brooks and her 33-year-old mother, Noni, with gunshot wounds to the head.
EMS rushed the victims to Metro, where the child died from her injuries. 19 Action News has learned Noni was recently upgraded to fair condition.
Family members are overcome with grief, and demanding justice.
"The baby don't deserve nothing like this," a family member told 19 Action News outside of Metro. "I figure there should be justice brought up on him. He should be put up under the dirt for what he did."
Titi Brooks released a statement on behalf of the entire family:
The family would like privacy at this time during the mourning and loss of a beautiful child, Jermani Brooks whom life was taken at such a young age. Please keep the family in your prayers for the recovery of her mother Noni Brooks. If anyone knows the whereabouts of the person of interest PLEASE come forward.
The preliminary investigation reveals that Noni, little Jermani, an infant and the Noni's boyfriend were seated inside a red SUV when a man exited a green SUV and fired multiple shots into their vehicle. After shooting into the vehicle, the suspect fled the scene in the green SUV.
A short time later, officers found the suspect vehicle in the 12000 block of Kirton Avenue.
The investigation led officials to the 3500 block of Riverside Avenue, where officers checked for the suspect with the Division's SWAT unit and Negotiation Team. The suspect was not found after a thorough search, and remains on the loose.
There will be a vigil for Noni and Jermani Brooks on Thursday. It is the day the little girl would have turned 6-years-old.
The city of Cleveland released the following statment concerning the shooting:
Every homicide has an impact on our community but that kind of violence toward innocent children is particularly heinous. The individual who shot and killed five year old Jermani Brooks last night on Cleveland's west side will be held accountable. The Cleveland Division of Police Homicide Unit continues to investigate the murder of five year old Jermani and the felonious assault shooting of Noni Brooks.
Join us in sending the message that senseless violence will not be tolerated in our neighborhoods. If you have information that will contribute to the apprehension of the person who committed this brutal crime, please contact the Homicide Unit at 216-623-5464 immediately. Or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously by calling 216-252-7463 or texting TIP657 along with a message to 274637 (CRIMES).
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