Chavonne Brown and her 5-year-old son, Sterling Sims. (Facebook photo)
The two brothers were sleeping in bunk beds in the living room, the 12-year-old on the top and the 5-year-old below, when gunshots erupted from their mother's bedroom.
The older boy woke up to see the gunman walk into their room, aim at his younger brother and open fire. Then the gunman turned and left. The boy's family doesn't know if the gun jammed or the shooter simply didn't see the older boy after killing his mother and brother.
The boy called police and his grandmother but has since talked little about the shooting, police and relatives say. “He’s catatonic right now, he’s just looking, not talking,” one relative said.
Chavonne Brown and 5-year-old Sterling Sims were shot around 2:30 a.m. in their three-flat brick apartment in the 5300 block of South Winchester Avenue, not long after Brown got home from driving her boyfriend to work. There were no apparent no signs of forced entry, and detectives said the gunman may have pushed Brown inside the apartment when she returned.
Police had no motive for the slayings.Copyright © 2015, RedEye