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Police Release 2 Held in Old Town Homicide

By Paul Biasco | January 11, 2013 7:40am | Updated on January 11, 2013 11:29am
 Tyshawn Blanton
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OLD TOWN — Police released two people held in connection with an Old Town shooting that left one man dead and a second seriously injured this week, sources said.

One of the men held in the murder of 31-year-old Tyshawn Blanton turned himself in on Wednesday, and a second suspect was taken into custody Wednesday, police said.

The shooting led to more security at Lincoln Park High School. The school also kept spectators away from its sporting events in the wake of the violence.

Authorities are asking witnesses of the shooting, which occurred in the 1300 block of North Sedgwick Street about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, to come forward.

A group of Old Town residents gathered at a CAPS meeting Thursday night called for a stronger police presence.

"No one knows what to do," said Old Town resident Shannon Waterfield. "We are all shaken."

Waterfield said her husband wanted to buy a gun for safety, but she is opposed because they have two children in the house.

"My husband is like, 'Don't go down Sedgwick anymore,' " she said. "We all feel like we are held hostage by gang activity."

Police urged the group of neighbors to call police if they see anything suspicious or hear of anything suspicious, including rumors of criminal activity.

Tuesday's shooting victims were gunned down in front of a corner store. Flowers, balloons and bottles of liquor now mark the scene.

Family members and friends of Blanton said he was on the way to the store to buy diapers for his newborn son when he was gunned down. Police said Blanton was shot multiple times, and the 20-year-old who was with him was shot once in the back of the head.

Blanton's family members denied that he was ever affiliated with a gang.

Blanton, who was engaged, was living with his fiancee and was the father of two sons, two daughters and three stepchildren.