Pierre Stokes, father of Tyshawn Lee, charged in South Side shooting

ByWill Jones WLS logo
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Father of Tyshawn charged in shooting
Pierre Stokes. (Courtesy Chicago Police)

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Pierre Stokes, the father of slain 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee, has been charged in connection with the shooting of three people on the city's South Side, police said.

Officers responded to reports of battery in progress on March 8 in the 7900-block of S. Ashland around 5:40 p.m. Police said they found a 31-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the left forearm and a 30-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the right arm; both were treated at a local hospital and released. A 29-year-old female also suffered a graze wound to the face and refused medical assistance.

Stokes was taken into custody Friday and faces three felony counts of aggravated battery and one felony count of unlawful use/possession of a weapon.

"Mr. Stokes who was involved in a gang lifestyle, ultimately suffered an unspeakable loss with the calculated execution of his son. Despite this, he continued to engage in the same gang activity that started this initial cycle of violence," Chicago Police said in a statement Sunday.

Stokes will appear in court Monday.

Last week police charged Dwright Boone-Doty with first-degree murder in the November 2015 fatal shooting of Lee in Gresham. Police say Lee was targeted due to Stokes' ranking membership in a rival gang.