The father of a 9-year-old Chicago boy lured into an alley and killed shot three people, including a suspect's girlfriend, as payback, police say. Pierre Stokes, father of Tyshawn Lee, has been charged with three counts of aggravated battery with a firearm and one count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon over the shooting of two men and one woman last Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune reports. Sources say the woman allegedly shot by the 25-year-old father is the girlfriend of Corey Morgan, who allegedly killed Tyshawn as revenge for an attack that killed Morgan's brother and injured his mother. The girlfriend suffered a graze wound and refused medical attention; the other two victims were treated and released, authorities say.
They add that Tyshawn was targeted because of Stokes' ties to the Killa Ward faction of the Gangster Disciples gang, which is feuding with the Bang Bang Gang faction of the Black P Stones, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. "This represents the challenge that police grapple with. We are aggressively working to hold gun offenders and gang members accountable," a police spokesman tells CNN. "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 cycle of retaliatory violence." (A suspect in the Tyshawn case allegedly laughed and bragged about killing the boy.)