CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man who has been in custody since mid-November has been charged in the death of a 9-year-old boy who police say was lured from a playground and shot in the head because of his father’s gang ties.
Dwight Boone-Doty, 22, was charged with first-degree murder Monday night in the Nov. 2 death of Tyshawn Lee. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Boone-Doty has been held since his November arrest on unrelated gun charges.
It wasn’t immediately clear if Boone-Doty has an attorney who can comment on his behalf.
Police say Tyshawn was targeted because of his father’s gang affiliation and a recent series of shootings between two rival gangs, the Gangster Disciples and the Black P Stones, in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side.
Authorities believe three men were involved in Tyshawn’s killing.
Boone-Doty is accused of pulling the trigger and Corey Morgan, 27, who was charged with murder in November, is accused of luring the fourth-grader from a nearby park and into the alley where he was shot.
Police are searching for a third suspect in Tyshawn’s killing who is believed to be hiding in Iowa, according to U.S. Marshals.
Morgan has denied any involvement in Tyshawn’s death. But police believe the boy was killed in retaliation for the Oct. 13 gang killing of Tracey Morgan, Corey Morgan’s 25-year-old brother.
Boone-Doty also is charged with murder in the Oct. 18 shooting death of 19-year-old Brianna Jenkins and attempted murder and aggravated battery in the wounding of Deshari Bowens, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office. Bowens, a 20-year-old man who is affiliated with a gang, was sitting in a car with Jenkins when she was killed.
Boone-Doty was paroled from the Illinois Department of Corrections in August after serving about two years on a five-year sentence in a drug case.
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