Chicago police have arrested a man in the murder of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee, who was murdered early this month in an alleyway in what police allege was a targeted killing in retribution for incidents stemming from his father’s alleged gang ties.
Corey Morgan, 27, has been charged with first degree murder, Chicago Police Chief Garry McCarthy announced at a Friday press conference. Morgan has been a person of interest from the beginning of the case, and was arrested last week on gun charges. He was subsequently released from jail after meeting his bond requirements, The Chicago Sun-Times reported.
McCarthy described Morgan as “an individual with an extensive violent criminal history who likely shouldn’t have been on the streets.” He added that Morgan is allegedly “a documented gang member, a convicted felon.”
McCarthy said that cops believe there were two other people involved in the murder: One suspect, who McCarthy did not name, is currently in police custody on a weapons charge, he said. Another suspect, Kevin Edwards, is still at large and has a warrant for his arrest. McCarthy said cops have “been looking for him for quite some time.”
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McCarthy said the specifics of the shooting – like which of the three suspects allegedly pulled the trigger – is still “a little bit unclear.”
He said all three men belong to the same gang, and said of the gang, “They are going to be obliterated. That gang just signed its death warrant.”
Chief: ‘There’s a Number of Events That Precipitated This Particular Murder’
McCarthy said that Tyshawn, who weighed 83 lbs. and was murdered near his grandmother’s house, “was definitely lured from the park where he was playing basketball with some friends.”
McCarthy called the crime “an act of barbarism: the assassination of a 9-year-old child as a gang retaliation to get back at his father.”
He added that it was an “unfathomable crime that was both targeted and calculated.”
He addressed motive by saying, “There’s a number of events that precipitated this particular murder” – two murders, and two non-fatal shootings.
He said cops were able to allegedly solve the case with the help of local residents.
“This was very clearly not a case of ‘No snitching,'” he said.
“But there was a lot of fear, which is completely understandable. If you have a monster that is willing to assassinate a 9-year-old, what is that person likely to do if they know that somebody’s cooperating with the case?”