A Chicago man initially planned to cut the fingers and ears off the 9-year-old son of a member of a rival gang but ended up luring the boy into an alley with the promise of a juice box and shooting him dead, authorities said Tuesday.
Dwright Boone-Doty, 22, was charged Monday in the Nov. 2 killing of Tyshawn Lee. He has been jailed since a November arrest on unrelated gun charges. Prosecutors also charged him with shooting two people about two weeks earlier, including a 19-year-old woman who died from her wounds. Authorities said revenge was also the motive in that attack, which the 20-year-old male victim survived.
Tyshawn Lee was one of 400 homicide victims in Chicago last year, but the fourth-grader’s death shocked the city because, according to police, he was killed for no other reason than to punish his father.
“In nearly 30 years of policing I have never witnessed such a hateful act of treachery and savageness toward an innocent child whose life barely had the chance to flourish,” Interim Chicago Police Superintendent John Escalante told reporters Tuesday. “And sadly (Tyshawn) paid the ultimate price for gang violence, senseless gang violence, that plagued his neighborhood.”
Lee had set his basketball down and jumped onto the swings in Dawes Park when Boone-Doty approached him, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said at the news conference. Boone-Doty dribbled the boy’s basketball a few times, gave it back to him and offered to buy him whatever he wanted from a store, she said.
They then walked off together into a nearby alley, where Boone-Doty shot Tyshawn several times at close range, Alvarez said. She said two cohorts, 27-year-old Corey Morgan and another man — identified by police as Kevin Edwards — were in on the plan and followed Boone-Doty and Tyshawn into the alley in an SUV.
Alvarez said Boone-Doty later talked about how he shot Tyshawn, laughing as he described how the boy when he was shot “couldn’t take it no more.” Neither she nor Escalante would explain Boone-Doty’s admissions about the shootings. But a law enforcement official who is not authorized to speak about the case and only spoke on condition of anonymity said that Boone-Doty told what he had done to a fellow jail inmate who was secretly wearing a recording device for police.
Morgan is jailed on murder charges. He denies any involvement in the shooting. Edwards remains at-large and is believed to be hiding in Iowa, according to U.S. Marshals. More