UPDATE: Family mourns Jackson shooting victim as suspect is charged

UPDATE 6:30 p.m.

JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) – We have an update to a story we first brought you Wednesday morning.

Police continue to investigate a shooting that killed 26-year-old Brittany Southwell of Jackson.

She’s a mother of three young children who was shot at the home she shares with her fiancé and his family on Jefferson Street.

Karen Ericsen says she’s still trying to process what happened to her cousin.

“I saw this news link. And it said a woman had been shot and she was in critical condition,” Ericsen said.

Police were called to the house around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Southwell was found in the basement with a gunshot wound to her side.

The mother of three young kids later died at the hospital.

Her fiance’s father says the suspect had some kind of disagreement with someone who lives in the house.

He says the gunman busted open the door and started firing shots from a handgun, shooting Southwell as she held her baby boy.

The 7-month-old was not injured.

“It is very possible that the victim was not the intended target,” said Deputy Chief Elmer Hitt of the Jackson Police Department.

Authorities say they arrested the suspect, 19-year-old Anthony Gelia, in Brooklyn less than 40 minutes after the shooting.

Officers are still trying to figure out what caused this brutal attack.

“Hopefully the investigation can shed more light on that. It definitely was not a random attack. Of course, it is scary,” Hitt said.

As Southwell’s family looks for answers, Ericsen will forever cherish fond memories of her cousin.

“She was a very passionate person. Whatever she did, she did it with everything she had. She was a very good mom. She was always playing around with her kids. Always laughing, she was just a lot of fun,” Southwell said.

Gelia was arraigned Wednesday afternoon on charges of open murder, felony firearm, and home invasion.

He’s being held in the county jail without bond.


UPDATE 4:50 p.m. – A 19-year-old man has been arraigned for the shooting death of a Jackson mother.

Anthony Gelia is facing charges of Open Murder, Home Invasion and felony firearm.

If convicted he could be sentenced to life in prison.

Gelia is accused of breaking into a home on the 400 block of Jefferson Street and shooting Brittney Southwell last night.

Gelia will be back in court November 18 for a probable cause hearing.

UPDATE 9:28 a.m. – The woman who was shot last night has died. According to Jackson Police the victim, Brittany Southwell, was shot in her home on the 400 block of Jefferson Street. A suspect is in custody.
This story is continuing to develop and will be updated online and on 6 News.

JACKSON, Mich (WLNS) – Quick work resulted in the arrest of a teenage suspect in connection with a shooting Tuesday night in Jackson.

Jackson Police were called to the 400 block of Jefferson Street just after 8:30 p.m. after a shooting was reported.

When they arrived they found a 26-year-old woman shot one time in the back and is in critical condition today.

While she was taken to Henry Ford Allegiance Health the search began for a suspect.

Officers were able to identify a suspect and a Michigan State Police trooper and Columbia Township Police Department officer stopped the suspect’s car just after 9:00 p.m.

The 19-year-old suspect was arrested and is in custody while the investigation continues.

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