Man Charged In Slaying Of 9-Year-Old Tyshawn Lee; McCarthy Vows To “Destroy …

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A Chicago Man Suspected of Slaying a 9-Year-Old Boy Has Been Arrested and Charged With First-Degree Murder.

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man was charged with first-degree murder Friday in connection with the slaying of a 9-year-old boy who police say was lured from a playground and shot in the head because of his father’s gang ties. McCarthy said two other men, including one jailed on an unrelated gun charge, also are suspected in the death of Tyshawn Lee, who was shot in an alley near his grandmother’s home on Nov. 2. Prosecutors allege Morgan was intent on settling the score after an October shooting killed his brother and injured his mother in a months-long gang feud.

Superintendent McCarthy said the men’s precise roles were still under investigation but that all were members of the same gang, which the police chief vowed to destroy: “That gang just signed its own death warrant,” he said. McCarthy praised local residents, saying they overcame fears and risks of retaliation to come forward and offer tips to police. “If you have a monster who’s willing to assassinate a 9-year-old, what is that person likely to do if they know that somebody’s cooperating with the case?” he said during a news conference.

He said the boy’s killers approached him in a park where he was playing basketball with friends and spoke with him, then walked him off into the alley. Superintendent McCarthy called the killing an “unfathomable crime.” Investigators said the dispute that led up to the killing had been going on for about three months between warring gangs and involved at least two other killings and several non-fatal shootings. Morgan later said he “was going to kill grandmas, mamas, kids and all,” and that he and the other two suspects went out armed every day looking for targets, according to details presented by Cook County prosecutors at a hearing Friday where Morgan was denied bond. Investigators allege one man approached the boy, dribbled the basketball and handed it back to Tyshawn before leading him into an alley while the other suspects followed in an SUV.

He called on the man, whose photo was released, to turn himself in. “Quite frankly, in a heinous crime like this, he’s probably better off if we catch him than somebody else,” he said. Detectives have not recovered the murder weapon, but they believe only one person fired because all the spent bullet casings were from a single gun, McCarthy said.

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