Three Gang Members Charged With First-Degree Murder In Tyshawn Lee Shooting
Chicago police have charged three gang members with the murder of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee on November 2.
During a bond hearing on Friday for Corey Morgan, chilling details of Tyshawn’s last hours were revealed.
Cook County prosecutors say Morgan, 27, was on the hunt seeking revenge after a gang-related shooting killed his 13-year-old brother, Tracy, and injured his mother as they sat in a car.
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“Shortly after the shooting, [Morgan] stated that since his brother was killed and his mama shot, he was going to kill grandmas, mamas, kids and all,” prosecutors said. “After that day, [Morgan] and two others went out daily armed with guns, looking to retaliate.”
Lee was in a neighborhood park in Chicago’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood when police say he was “lured” into an alley and shot multiple times. Prosecutors revealed witnesses’ accounts that allegedly place the three suspects in the park at different times while Lee was in the play lot, swinging in a swing set with his basketball down next to him.
At one point, Morgan and one of the other men drove away in a black SUV while the third suspect stayed in the park, according to the prosecutor. The man even picked up and dribbled Lee’s basketball — the same one later found near the boy’s body.
Later, the man and Lee allegedly went to the alley together, followed by the black SUV that Morgan and the other man were seen getting into, prosecutors said. When the boy walked to about the middle of the alley, he was shot several times, prosecutors said, citing witnesses who allegedly heard multiple gunshots.
An autopsy revealed several gunshot wounds in Lee’s body, including to the head and others at close range. A wound to the right hand appeared to show Lee tried to block the gunshot, according to the autopsy the prosecutors presented.
After the shots, the SUV sped away, according to the prosecutors.
Morgan’s attorney, Jonathan Brayman, issued a statement, saying: “Corey has absolutely denied involvement in Tyshawn Lee’s tragic death. At this point, we have very limited information and will need time to investigate how it is Corey came to be named in this case.”
An arrest warrant for first-degree murder has been issued for Kevin Edwards, 22, who is already in custody on an unrelated offense. A third man, who police have named, is still being sought in the case.
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