A boy, just 9, has been fatally shot by a Chicago gang in a feud that has seen at least two others killed. Tyshawn Lee was walking from school to his grandmother’s house at around 4.15pm on Monday when somebody opened fire, fatally hitting him in the head and back.
Police superintendent Garry McCarthy said the boy was targeted because father Pierre Stokes, 25, has connections to gang violence in the city.
“At this point, we believe that Tyshawn was targeted, lured to this spot and murdered. We believe that this is the most recent in a series of gang-related, violent events,” McCarthy said.
The murder has however made residents of the community angry with a Reverend, Michael Pfleger, a priest in Chicago and outspoken advocate against gun violence, offering to pay to relocate any witnesses who feel they would be in danger for providing information.
A memorial for Tyshawn Lee
Grief: Pierre Stokes, father of Tyshawn Lee, speaks to reporters in Chicago