Authorities say Tyshawn Lee may have been in the "wrong place at the wrong time"

By Chris Harris
Updated November 03, 2015 02:10 PM
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A 9-year-old boy was found shot to death in a Chicago alleyway on Monday afternoon.

A Chicago police spokeswoman would not confirm the shooting victim’s name Tuesday, but did tell PEOPLE a young boy was shot “multiple times” in the torso at around 4:15 p.m. on Monday afternoon. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office has since identified the 9-year-old as Tyshawn Lee.

A witness who lives near the alley called 911 to report the gunfire, and Chicago cops responded to the scene, says the police spokeswoman. Witnesses told police a group of men had gathered in the alley prior to the shooting. An altercation ensued, and guns were drawn.

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Whether Tyshawn was targeted or killed by stray bullets remains unclear at this point, according to the spokeswoman.

“He may have just been in the wrong place at the wrong time,” the spokeswoman says.

She says Chicago police are “canvassing the area” around the crime scene, seeking more information from witnesses and reviewing potential surveillance footage from nearby businesses.

“We are working around the clock to determine motive and the names of the offenders,” the spokeswoman says.

An $11,000 reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest in Tyshawn’s death. Anyone with information is asked to call Chicago police at 312-747-8271.