CHICAGO — On the day that the alleged murderer of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee appeared in bond court, the boy's father allegedly shot and wounded three people, police said Sunday.
Pierre Stokes, 25, was charged with three felony counts of aggravated battery for a shooting that occurred March 8 at 5:40 p.m. on the 7900 block of South Ashland Avenue, about a half mile from where Tyshawn Lee was lured into an alley and shot execution-style in what police have called a "hateful act of treachery."
Police identified Stokes, who lives nearby in the 7900 block of South Wood Street, as the man who shot and injured a 31-year-old man, 30-year-old man and 29-year-old woman. The two men were treated and released, and the woman refused medical assistance, police announced in charges Sunday.
The Nov. 2 murder of Stokes' son Tyshawn Lee attracted national headlines and resulted in charges against Dwright Boone-Doty, 22, and Corey Morgan, 27, while police are still searching for a third accomplice, Kevin Edwards. Prosecutors said Boone-Doty was the gunman while Morgan and Edwards helped plan the "heinous" murder.
Law enforcement sources told the Tribune that the woman injured on March 8 was Morgan's girlfriend.
Early on in the investigation, police said Stokes was not helpful in finding Tyshawn's killer. Police long suspected the murder was part of an ongoing gang war that involved Stokes.
In November, Stokes told DNAinfo Chicago that police harassed him after his son's death: "They trying to see if I'll get mad, if I'm gonna do something. They telling me they want to lock me up. ... I don't want revenge. I want justice."
In a statement, Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said, "This represents the challenge that police grapple with. We are aggressively working to hold gun offenders and gang members accountable. Mr. Stokes who was involved in a gang lifestyle, ultimately suffered an unspeakable loss with the calculated execution of his son.
"Despite this, he continued to engage in the same gang activity that started this initial cycle of violence," Guglielmi said. "CPD will continue our efforts to disrupt gang activity in Chicago and at the same time, work with our community partners through our gang call-ins to try and urge gang members to see the casualties of that lifestyle and offer alternatives like job placement, training and education options."
Interim Police Supt. John Escalante has implemented biweekly gang call-ins, he added, to try to reach more than 1,500 gang members.
Prosecutors said the violence stemmed from an ongoing feud between Morgan's gang, the BBG (Bang Bang Gang)/Terror Dome faction of the Black P Stones and the Killaward faction of the Gangster Disciples.
The feud came to a boil after an Oct. 13 shooting in which Morgan's brother, Tracey Morgan was killed and his mother was wounded. Morgan was so enraged he threatened to shoot "grandmas, mamas, kids and all" in retaliation, prosecutors said.
Boone-Doty also was charged this week in the Oct. 18 murder of 19-year-old Brianna Jenkins — a case in which Boone-Doty was gunning for rival gang members and fatally shot Jenkins to "shut her up," prosecutors allege.
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