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CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say they're questioning witnesses but no one has been arrested in the shooting death of a cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade. Police say Nykea Aldridge was pushing her baby in a stroller near a school where she intended to register her children when she was shot yesterday. Police say she wasn't the intended target. Chicago has been plagued by gun violence for years. This July alone, there were 65 homicides — the most that month since 2006.
CHICAGO (AP) — A review of Chicago police records by the Chicago Tribune finds that four out of every five people shot by officers from 2010 to 2015 were African-American males. Most of the police shootings took place in South and West Side neighborhoods beset by gang violence and poverty. The newspaper found that at least one of every five shootings involved plainclothes tactical officers charged with taking on gangs. Police union President Dean Angelo Sr. says it's not a matter of racial bias, "it's about criminal involvement."
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Prosecutors in Pennsylvania say they plan to seek the death penalty against two men charged in an ambush at cookout that killed five adults and an unborn child. The Allegheny County district attorneys' office has filed notice of intent to seek capital punishment if 29-year-old Cheron Shelton and 27-year-old Robert Thomas are convicted of first-degree murder. The men are accused of shooting up the March 9 cookout in the Pittsburgh suburb of Wilkinsburg. The man authorities believe was the target was wounded but survived.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The third suspect in the horrific death of a 10-year-old Albuquerque girl has made her first court appearance. KRQE-TV reports that Jessica Kelley remained silent this morning as a judge read the charges she faces in the killing of Victoria Martens. Judge Chris J. Schultz ordered Kelley held on $1 million bond, calling the case one of the worst he has ever seen. Authorities say Victoria was drugged, raped and strangled before her dismembered body was found in a bathtub Wednesday. The girl's mother and her boyfriend have also been arrested.
NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who caused chaos aboard a New York subway by releasing a container of crickets and worms says it was a prank. Zaida Pugh tells the New York Post she had the episode videotaped "to show what homeless people go through." She says passengers attacking her also were part of the stunt. As startled passengers found crickets on their arms and worms on the floor, someone pulled the emergency brake, halting the train for 30 minutes. Pugh says that wasn't planned. Police are looking into the incident.
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