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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Retaliatory Gang Shootings Spur Chicagoland Violence

In a stunning example of the ineffectiveness of Chicago’s restrictive gun-control laws and the city’s revolving-door justice system, the gang member father of a 9-year-old murder victim has been charged with a triple shooting that occurred earlier this month.

Last November, Dwight Boone-Doty, a gang member who was out on parole after serving less than half of a five-year sentence on gun charges, murdered 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee, whose father is a rival gang member suspected of murdering a member of Boone-Doty’s gang. Now the boy’s father, 25-year-old Pierre Stokes, is charged with a March 8 retaliatory shooting that left two men and a woman injured.

“This represents the challenge that police grapple with … Mr. Stokes, who was involved in a gang lifestyle, ultimately suffered an unspeakable loss with the calculated execution of his son,” Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the Chicago Sun-Times. “Despite this, he continued to engage in the same gang activity that started this cycle of retaliatory violence.”