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article image9-year-old fatally shot in alley may have been targeted

By Owen Weldon     Nov 6, 2015 in Crime
Chicago - On Monday, Tyshawn Lee, 9, was fatally shot in an alley in Chicago's Gresham neighborhood. Police believe Lee may have been targeted.
Lee, who was a fourth-grader at Joplin Elementary School, was shot multiple times. Hours after he was gunned down, Dean Andrews, Chief of Detectives, said he couldn't rule out that Lee was targeted.
Some law enforcement sources believe Lee may have been the victim of a gang feud. Police believe the boy was lured to the alley and murdered.
A person of interest was questioned on Wednesday night. The unidentified person was accompanied by a lawyer, but was released. The person's lawyer didn't say why police wanted to speak with his client.
Police said they are looking into possible ties between Pierre Stokes, Lee's father, and a gang that may be in conflict with another gang. Police say Stokes is not cooperating with authorities.
Stokes says he doesn't want to harm anyone, and he just wants justice for his son by seeing whoever did it locked up.
Authorities know the gangs and individuals involved, but they do need more help assessing who committed the murder.
Police said that if anyone with information comes forward, authorities will take steps to keep things quiet. Authorities acknowledge people may be afraid to come forward because they are concerned about becoming targets of violence.
There is a $35,000 reward for information leading to charges in connection with Lee's death. The money was raised by members of the Faith Community of St. Sabina.
A priest at St. Sabina, Rev. Michael Pfleger, said he would pay money to help anyone with information move out of the city.
If someone has information about the shooting, they can contact Chicago police at 312-747-8271.
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