Two suspects in the slaying of Tyshawn Lee are in custody, and an arrest warrant has been issued for a third gang member, said police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, who called the shooting of the 9-year-old “an unfathomable crime” and “an assassination.”
Corey Morgan, 27, of the 7800 block of South Hoyne Avenue, is expected to appear Friday afternoon for a bond hearing on first-degree murder charges at the Leighton Criminal Court Building.
At a news conference at Area South police headquarters, McCarthy said a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Kevin Edwards, 22, of Chicago, in Tyshawn’s killing as well.
A third gang member, whom McCarthy would not identify by name, is also in custody on an unrelated charge, he said.
McCarthy said police are still unraveling what roles each of the three suspects played in Tyshawn’s slaying. But he said at least one of them struck up a conversation with Tyshawn as he played basketball with friends in a nearby park and then lured him to an alley in the 8000 block of South Damen Avenue on Nov. 2 and fatally shot him in the right side of his head.
“This is a crime that shook our city,” McCarthy told reporters.
McCarthy said police believe at least two murders and a number of other retaliatory shootings over the last three months led to the decision to target Tyshawn.