Geoffrey Gurkovich, 32, of Cleveland, Ohio has been arrested and charged with the tragic shooting death of 5-year-old Jermani Brooks in Ohio on January 18, reports Cleveland.com.
It’s alleged that Gurkovich pulled up outside of the car that Jermani Brooks, 5, and her mother Noni, 33, were waiting in , got out, and began shooting into the car. The 5-year-old was fatally shot in the head, her mother was also wounded in the head but survived and was taken to hospital. The shooter fled from the scene prompting a massive manhunt across the city which ended with the arrest of Gurkovich on January 22.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Secret Service Helped Arrest Gurkovich
According to police, Gurkovich was arrested by Cleveland police with help from the Secret Service. Originally cops were led to ha home on Riverside Avenue in the city, there, Gurkovich’s girlfriend gave police information which led to his arrest in the Newburgh Heights village in Ohio, about 5 miles outside of Cleveland. He’s being held on charges of aggravated murder, reports ABC Cleveland.
You can hear the original 911 call from the scene here:
2. Gurkovich’s Girlfriend Gave His Location to Cops
Cops are acting under the assumption that Jermani Brooks nor her mother were not the intended targets. Thanks to information garnered from Gurkovich’s girlfriend, they believe he was targeting a man who had insulted the suspect’s girlfriend. She gave him information on this man which would have led Gurkovich to the area where Jermani Brooks was waiting with her mother. The girlfriend has reportedly not revealed the identity of the intended target but NewsNet5 is reporting that the intended victim was Jermani Brooks’ mother’s fiancee.
BREAKING: Medical examiner rules Jermani Brooks, 5, died from gunshot wound to the head with skull and brain injuries. @clevelanddotcom
— Brandon Blackwell (@BlackwellTweets) January 22, 2014
3. He’s Been Arrested For Kidnapping in the Past
Suspect Geoffrey Gurkovich got out of Prison in 2012 after serving 3 of 4 year sentence for Domestic Violence.
— Scott Taylor (@ScottTaylor19) January 21, 2014
He has a lengthy criminal record that includes charges for kidnapping and assault. NewsNet 5 reports that he was only released from Grafton Correctional Institute in June 2012 for escape and domestic violence after serving a four-year stint.
4. He Has Kids of his Own
— WTMT Cleveland (@WTMTCleveland) January 21, 2014
His now-deleted Facebook page indicated that he has at least one child of his own. He appeared to use his Facebook account frequently, largely to post “inspirational” Memes and links from “Right Wing News.” One Meme he recently posted online read: “Yes, I could have made some different choices in life but I did what I did, both good and bad and I am not who I was, I have moved on, It’s all part of growing up.”
5. Jermani Brooks’ Mother is Recovering in Hospital
Jermani Brooks mother, Noni, has had her condition upgraded to “good,” reports Fox Cleveland. Police have refused to answer speculation that there were other people in the car at the time of the shooting. According to reports the girl and her mother were waiting outside the home for Noni Brooks’ fiance. The shooting happened at Crossburn Avenue in Cleveland’s West side (above).