A 22-year-old man was charged Monday with murder in the execution-style shooting of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee last November and the murder of a 19-year-old woman killed weeks earlier in the same ongoing South Side gang conflict.
Dwright Boone-Doty, who authorities say pulled the trigger on Tyshawn, was charged with first-degree murder in the boy’s death and the fatal shooting of Brianna Jenkins on Oct. 18, according to Sally Daly, a spokeswoman for Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
Police have said that Tyshawn was targeted in early November because of his father’s gang ties and a recent series of shootings between two rival gangs in the Auburn Gresham community.
One of the shootings that led to Tyshawn’s killing was the Oct. 18 shooting that left Jenkins dead and a 20-year-old man who she was with wounded. That survivor affiliates with a gang involved in the conflict, police have said.
Boone-Doty, who has been locked up at Cook County jail since mid-November on an unrelated gun charge, was charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery in that shooting, said Daly. While incarcerated, Daly said Boone-Doty picked up another gun charge in a separate case.
He had been paroled from the Illinois Department of Corrections on a drug case after serving about two years on a five-year sentence. Jenkins was killed about two months after Boone-Doty was paroled and Tyshawn was killed three weeks after Jenkins.
Boone-Doty had two prior weapon convicitons for which he served time in Illinois prisons.
All the charges against Boone-Doty will be discussed at a news conference Tuesday, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. In addition to police, he said, the FBI and Cook County prosecutors will be on hand.
Tyshawn’s Nov. 2 slaying again put Chicago in the national spotlight for its unflattering reputation for runaway violence. Days after the killing, then-Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy called it “probably the most abhorrent, cowardly, unfathomable crime” he had seen in his 35 years in law enforcement.
Tyshawn, a fourth-grader at Joplin Elementary School, was walking to his grandmother’s house shortly after 4 p.m when police said he was lured to the alley in the 8000 block of South Damen Avenue and shot repeatedly. A basketball that he always carried with him was found nearby.
Law enforcement sources have told the Tribune that the bloody conflict involves rival factions of two of Chicago’s oldest gangs — the Gangster Disciples and the Black P Stones. Police believe the Terror Dome faction of the Black P Stones targeted the child because his father, a convicted felon, reputedly belongs to the Gangster Disciples’ Killa Ward faction.
Chicago police and Cook County prosecutors allege Tyshawn’s killing was at least the fourth in a series of retaliatory shootings in a feud between factions in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood with ties to two of Chicago’s most historic gangs — Killa Ward of the Gangster Disciples and Terror Dome of the Black P Stones.
While detectives investigate whether the killing of a 29-year-old mother more than two years ago was connected to the back-and-forth violence between these two factions, the bloodletting really flared up in recent months, police said. Last Aug. 5, Adarius Hayes, 21, a reputed Killa Ward member, was found fatally shot inside a car at 75th Street and Damen Avenue about 6 a.m.
Two months later, Tracey Morgan, a reputed Terror Dome member, was shot and killed in the West Chatham neighborhood after leaving a mandatory meeting Oct. 13 for parolees, part of an anti-violence effort by Chicago police and other law enforcement. Morgan’s mother, who was driving the car, was wounded by the gunfire. Police were looking into whether Morgan was followed by a Killa Ward member who also attended the “gang call-in.”
Terror Dome is believed to have retaliated Oct. 18 by shooting up a car parked at another gang border at 78th and Honore streets, wounding a reputed Killa Ward member and killing the 19-year-old Jenkins.
In late November, murder charges were filed against Corey Morgan, 27, Tracey Morgan’s brother, for his alleged role in the killing. On Nov. 16, Morgan and Boone-Doty were arrested on unrelated gun charges in the southwest suburbs. A third suspect, Kevin Edwards, who is also 22, is at large with a warrant out for his arrest in the killing.
All three suspects are alleged members of Terror Dome, authorities have said.
Chicago Tribune’s Peter Nickeas contributed.
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