Man charged with killing of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee

27 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Arrest reported in execution-style killing of Chicago boy, 9.

Corey Morgan, of the 7800 block of South Hoyne Avenue, has been charged with first-degree murder, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office. The police in Chicago said Friday that they have made an arrest into the fatal shooting of a 9-year old boy who was killed in an alley earlier this month while on his way to his grandmother’s home.

An arrest has been made in the execution-style murder of a 9-year-old Chicago boy who police say was targeted because of his father’s alleged gang ties, it was reported Friday. Police called the crime “absolutely hateful.” Fox 32 reported that Tyshawn was shot in the right temple and the bullet went through his left temple, according to a Nov. 3 autopsy report obtained by the Chicago Sun Times. Chicago’s South Side has seen a drastic rise in homicides in recent months, but Lee’s death in particular has captivated the city, prickling the conscience of many in Chicago. The police initially were trying to figure out whether he was just a bystander who became an accidental victim or whether he was the target of the shooting.

Superintendent Garry McCarthy of the Chicago police later said that his death was part of a war between two street gangs, and that Tyshawn had been singled out because his father was connected to one gang. Tyshawn, who was in fourth grade, was shot multiple times at close range with a .40-caliber weapon, after being lured into an alley at 80th and Damen, near his grandmother’s house, on Nov. 2. Garry McCarthy has called Tyshawn’s slaying “probably the most abhorrent, cowardly, unfathomable crime” he has seen in 35 years in law enforcement. Police have said he was targeted in retribution for the killing of Morgan’s brother, Tracey Morgan, who was gunned down three weeks before Tyshawn was killed.

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