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Ohio ex-con charged in fatal shooting of girl, 5

This undated photo released by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections shows Geoffrey Gurkovich. Gurkovich has been charged with aggravated murder in the Cleveland death of a 5-year-old girl who was shot in the head while sitting in a vehicle with her mother. Authorities identified the slain girl as Jermani Brooks. Her mother, 33-year-old Noni Brooks, was hospitalized in fair condition. (AP Photo/HO, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction)

This undated photo released by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections shows Geoffrey Gurkovich. Gurkovich has been charged with aggravated murder in the Cleveland death of a 5-year-old girl who was shot in the head while sitting in a vehicle with her mother. Authorities identified the slain girl as Jermani Brooks. Her mother, 33-year-old Noni Brooks, was hospitalized in fair condition. (AP Photo/HO, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction)

CLEVELAND — An ex-con was charged with aggravated murder in the death of a 5-year-old girl who was shot in the head while sitting in a vehicle with her mother.

The victims — Jermani Brooks and her 33-year-old mother, Noni Brooks — apparently were in the wrong place at the wrong time, Police Chief Michael McGrath said. The suspect, Geoffrey Gurkovich, intended to shoot a man who got into an argument with his girlfriend, McGrath said. The girlfriend gave Gurkovich information that led him to the area where the victims were shot Sunday night, said McGrath.

Jermani Brooks died. Her mother was wounded and was hospitalized in fair condition.

Police credited a neighbor’s surveillance footage with helping them solve the crime.

Police said Gurkovich, 32, of Cleveland, has served time behind bars for escape and domestic violence. Prison records show he was released in 2012 after serving more than three years on a sentence out of Cleveland.

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