A 34-year-old Derrick Ellis is currently on the run after he was charged with one count of possession of a firearm by an out-of-state felon after he shot and killed 16-year-old Burger King employee, Niesha Harris-Brazell during an attempted robbery.
Ellis was previously convicted of an attempted second-degree home invasion in Michigan in 2014. Derrick Ellis tried to rob the Burger King Brazell was working at during closing hours, with another unidentified man who tried to rob the fast-food restaurant. The manhunt for both the suspects is currently ongoing as both of them are on the run.
It is unclear how the entire incident unfolded and whether Derrick Ellis intentionally shot his fellow employee as the restaurant footage shows him getting in a fight with the robber who still remains unidentified. Video footage from during the incident shows both the suspects involved in a gunfight, which makes it unclear whether they were even together.
Milwaukee police gave a statement regarding Derrick Ellis saying, “During the confrontation, Ellis’ co-worker was struck by gunfire, which caused her death.”
Gerry Jordan on Twitter also wrote about the incident, “This is such a heartbreaking story. Niesha Harris-Brazell was working as a cashier at Burger King when she was shot and killed during an attempted robbery.”
The victim’s mother, Liceal Brazell also said how heartbroken she was, “They took my life, they took my soul and they need to pay the piper for it. Justice will be served. I forgive them. I’m just grateful for the 16 years I had with my baby, but at the end of the day, you will pay the cost.”
So far Derrick Ellis has not been charged for her death. But if convicted for his charge, he can face up to 10 years in prison. The hunt for both the suspects and another woman in connection to the shooting is still underway. It is unclear if she will be charged for the murder or shooting either. The other male suspect is wanted for attempted robbery; he was seen in a black four-door Chevy Impala with a sunroof and spoiler, possibly still armed.