Man charged in fatal shooting of Hammond teen

2013-03-21T20:35:00Z 2013-03-21T23:17:06Z Man charged in fatal shooting of Hammond teenElvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com

CALUMET CITY | A 20-year-old man was charged Thursday in the homicide of a Hammond teen, police said.

Eric A. Brown, of Calumet City, faces charges of first-degree murder and aggravated battery with a firearm, Calumet City Police Chief Ed Gilmore said.

Ashaya Miller, 15, was shot about 9 p.m. Sunday while cooking in a house in the 500 block of Ingraham Avenue, Gilmore said. She was shot twice in the back and died at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Dahnyah Williams, 19, who lives at the house where the shooting took place, was in the kitchen with Miller and was shot in the elbow, Gilmore said. He also was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center.

Gilmore said Brown was identified Monday as a person of interest in the case. He said during the next 72 hours detectives worked around the clock on the investigation.

During a news conference Wednesday, Gilmore didn't release many details about how Brown was tied to the shooting.

He said it still appears Miller was not the intended target of the shooting.

"She happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time," he said.

Brown's bond hearing is at 9 a.m. Friday. The family plans to have a vigil for Miller at 6 p.m. at 536 Ingraham Ave., the house where the shooting took place.

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