The gang-affiliated father of the 9-year-old Chicago boy who was murdered execution-style late last year has now been arrested and charged in the shootings of three other people, police say.
Pierre Stokes, little Tyshawn Lee’s father, has been arrested and charged with shooting the girlfriend of one of the men police arrested and charged for shooting the child.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Stokes was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated battery with a firearm and a single count of unlawful use of a gun after he allegedly shot the woman last Tuesday evening.
The woman received only a grazing wound and was treated and released from the hospital. Two men standing on the sidewalk with the woman also suffered non-life threatening wounds.
In a statement, Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi decried the cycle of violence gangs let loose upon the city.
“Mr. Stokes, who was involved in a gang lifestyle, ultimately suffered an unspeakable loss with the calculated execution of his son,” the statement said. “Despite this, he continued to engage in the same gang activity that started this initial cycle of violence,” Guglielmi said.
As initially reported, 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee was playing basketball at a park next to his grandmother’s home when a group of people began having an argument nearby. The child had joined the group at some point, but it was unknown if he knew any of them. As the argument grew, someone pulled a gun and fired several shots, at least two of which struck the child, one in the head.
But it was later discovered the shooting of the boy was no accident. Investigators soon revealed the boy was lured away from the basketball court and into an alley where he was purposely shot. Police ultimately said Lee was targeted because his father is a gang member.
Earlier this month, another man was arrested in connection with the Lee’s murder. Police arrested Dwight Boone-Doty, saying he was the “trigger man” in the boy’s death.
This month, Chicago police also reported that during the investigation into the shooting of the boy, rival gang members said they considered torturing the fourth-grader by cutting of his fingers and ears instead of killing him.
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