Man charged in fatal shooting of Chicago boy, 9

Man Charged in Murder of 9-Year-Old Chicago Boy
Man Charged in Murder of 9-Year-Old Chicago Boy

March 7 (Reuters) - A 22-year-old man was charged on Monday with killing a 9-year-old Chicago boy who was lured from a park into an alley and shot several times in what authorities said was gang-related retaliation targeted at his father.

Chicago police said the suspect, Dwight Boone-Doty, faces first degree murder charges for firing the fatal shots at Tyshawn Lee last November.

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At least three people were suspected of taking part in the murder of Lee, a shooting that cast a spotlight on a spike in violent crime in Chicago, the third-largest city in the United States.

In the weeks following the killing, Corey Morgan, 27, of Lansing, Illinois, was also charged with first degree murder.

Chicago police have planned a Tuesday press conference to discuss the case.

The Cook County state's attorney's office couldn't immediately be reached for comment about the charges.

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Police have said the crime was linked to rivalry between Lee's father, a suspected gang member, and another group, and was connected to at least two other murders. The boy's father, Pierre Stokes, has denied being involved in a gang.

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy called Lee's shooting "an act of barbarism" and said Morgan and the other suspects were all members of the same gang.

(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere)

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