A 22-year-old Chicago man has been charged in the execution-style shooting of Tyshawn Lee, whose death in November rankled the nation and became the latest symbol of problems with gun violence in America.
Dwight Boone-Doty, who was already in Illinois’ Cook County Jail on unrelated gun charges, faces first-degree murder charges for firing the fatal shots at 9-year-old Tyshawn, who was lured from a playground to an alley, USA Today reports. The child was shot several times in what authorities believe to be a gang-related retaliation directed at his father, Pierre Stokes.
Stokes has told reporters that he is not in a gang and does not think his son’s shooting was retaliation for anything related to him. Meanwhile, Boone-Doty has also been charged with another murder. No details regarding that crime are immediately available.
At least three people were suspected of taking part in the murder of Lee, a shooting that cast a spotlight on a spike in violent crime in Chicago, the third-largest city in the United States.
In the weeks following the killing, Corey Morgan, 27, of Lansing, Illinois, was also charged with first degree murder.
[Former] Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy called Lee’s shooting “an act of barbarism” and said Morgan and the other suspects were all members of the same gang.
Chicago police have planned a Tuesday press conference to discuss the case.
This is a developing story…