Milwaukee police have arrested an armed robbery suspect connected to the shooting death of 16-year-old Niesha Harris-Brazell.
The suspect is a 41-year-old Milwaukee man and criminal charges will be forwarded to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, police said.
Harris-Brazell was a cashier at the Burger King located at 5120 W. Capitol Drive, in the Capitol Heights neighborhood, where a shooting unfolded during an attempted robbery Jan. 2. Harris-Brazell died in the ensuing shooting.
One of Harris-Brazell’s coworkers, Derrick D. Ellis, 34, fired a gun at the suspect, but it is not clear if the suspect returned fire, police have said. It is unclear how Harris-Brazell was struck.
A still image from surveillance cameras released by police shows the suspect attempted the robbery by leaning into a drive-thru window with his own gun.
Police said Tuesday they are still searching for Ellis, who is a felon and is barred from having a gun. Prosecutors filed a felony gun possession charge against him last week.
Ellis was seen on surveillance cameras collecting his spent casings on the floor following the shooting and hiding his handgun in a safe inside the restaurant, according to the criminal complaint. A restaurant manager told police Ellis asked her to hide the gun in the safe because he wasn’t supposed to have it.
The manager told police Ellis normally carries the gun at work, the complaint said.
Since the shooting, Harris-Brazell family has receive an outpouring of support from community members. A GoFundMe page set up by the family sought $5,000 to help fund her funeral. As of Tuesday, it had raised more than $39,000.
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