CLEVELAND -- Cleveland police have announced the arrest of a man in the shooting death of a 5-year-old girl.
Police named the suspect as Geoffrey Gurkovich. Police took him into custody in Newburgh Heights without incident this morning (Jan. 21).
He's being held in the Cuyahoga County Jail awaiting charges.
Police arrested Gurkovich in the shooting death of 5-year-old Jermani Brooks and the wounding of her mother, Noni Brooks. The two were shot as they left a friend's house Sunday night.
Noni Brooks continues to improve at the hospital.
Officers say a man exited an SUV and shot at the family's car.
Police say an earlier altercation led to the shooting but say the Brooks' family was not the intended target. The family was in the "wrong place at the wrong time," said Police Chief Michael McGrath. The family told police they do not know the arrested man.
Shocked witnesses called police to the 12800 block of Crossburn on the city's west side just after 11 p.m. on Jan. 19.
A family member tells us Noni and his cousin had just gotten engaged on New Year's Day.
He says the fiancé saw everything.
"He was just outside the car, getting ready to leave and he just said he heard shots. He was just in the driveway and a coward come up and start shooting," says a family friend.
Police then immediately began their hunt for the gunman which led to the arrest this morning during a traffic stop.
Now, family is struggling to cope with little Jermani's death.
"Everything is tragic. You can't bring that baby back," the family friend tells Channel 3.
Family and friends of Jermani and Noni Brooks have organized a vigil this Thursday evening, on what would have been Jermani's sixth birthday at 13307 Bellaire in Cleveland.