CHICAGO (FOX 32 / STMW) - The father of slain 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee was ordered held on no bail Monday after he was charged with shooting three people in the Gresham neighborhood, including the girlfriend of one of the men charged in the shooting of the little boy, authorities said.
The father, Pierre Stokes, 25, was charged with three counts of aggravated battery with a firearm and one count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon for a shooting on March 8 that left three people injured in the 7900 block of South Ashland, state attorney’s office spokeswoman Sally Daly said.
“This represents the challenge that police grapple with . . . Mr. Stokes, who was involved in a gang lifestyle, ultimately suffered an unspeakable loss with the calculated execution of his son,” Guglielmi said in a statement. “Despite this, he continued to engage in the same gang activity that started this cycle of retaliatory violence.”
The shooting happened on the same day prosecutors detailed at Dwright Boone-Doty’s bail hearing how the 22-year-old bragged to a fellow inmate about shooting Stokes’ son on Nov. 2.
Boone-Doty is charged with luring the boy into an alley and shooting him in the head, as well as an earlier shooting in which a woman was killed and a man was injured, as part of an ongoing gang feud, prosecutors said. Corey Morgan, 27, also has been charged in Tyshawn’s murder, and police are searching for a third suspect, 22-year-old Kevin Edwards.
One of the Stokes’ alleged victims, a 29-year-old woman who suffered a graze wound to the face, is Morgan’s girlfriend, a law enforcement source said. She refused to go to the hospital.
"When Stokes saw the female, Stokes pointed a gun at her and stated 'I'm going to kill you bitch.' Stokes then fired the weapon striking the three victims as they attempted to flee," said State's Attorney Anita Alvarez.
Stokes' girlfriend was in court along with some of his friends and they claimed the charges were bogus.
“I feel like this was a set up, after he lost his son they wanted him in jail because they felt like he had something to do with the connection of another murder, which wasn't even the case,” said Stoke’s girlfriend Niasha Frazier.
But prosecutors said this was just the lastest round of violence between two gangs, and along with four witnesses who identified Stokes as the shooter, there's video. It does not show the actual shooting, but did capture what happened immediately after.
“It does then show everybody running after the shots are fired and there is the defendant who's running and you can see as he's running there's a gun in his left hand,” said prosecutor George Canellis.
Stokes supporters tried to blame police for the continued violence between the gangs.
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“It's not, it's not gonna stop, it's not. The police not doing their job so it's not going to ever stop,” Frazier said.
Prosecutors said Tyshawn was killed because of his father’s ties to the Killaward faction of the Gangsta Disciples, whom Boone-Doty and Morgan — members of the Bang Bang Gang faction of the Black P Stones — blamed for the death of 25-year-old Tracey Morgan in October.
Stokes was arrested Friday in the shooting of a 30-year-old man who was hit in the right arm arm, and a 31-year-old man who was shot in the left forearm, at 5:44 p.m. on March 8, Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.
“We've already lost a child, we've already had how many other murders connected with this particular war and now three more people shot. It needs to end,” Alvarez said.
The male victims were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Daly said. At the time, a police source said the men were documented gang members.