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Slain 9-Year-Old Tyshawn Lee's Father Denied Bail

Pierre Stokes, 25, has been charged with three counts of aggravated battery with a firearm and one count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.

The father of Tyshawn Lee, a 9-year-old Chicago boy who was shot and killed in November, has been denied bail after being charged with shooting three people.

Pierre Stokes, 25, was ordered held without bail Monday. He has been charged with three counts of aggravated battery with a firearm and one count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.

The shooting occurred hours after a judge ordered Tyshawn's alleged killer, Dwright Boone-Doty, held without bail Tuesday. Police say Stokes opened fire on two men who were arguing in the 7900 block of South Ashland Avenue in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood, police said. 

A 30-year-old man was shot in the right arm and a 31-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the left forearm, according to police. Both were taken to Christ Hospital in stable condition.

Police originally said only the two men were shot, but later said a 29-year-old woman suffered a graze wound to the face and refused treatment. Part of the incident was captured on surveillance cameras.

"It does then show everybody running after the shots are fired and there is the defendant who is running, and you can see as he is running, there is a gun in his left hand," Assistant State's Attorney George Canellis said.

"We have already lost a child. We have already had how many other murders associated with this war, now three more people shot. So it needs to end," Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez said.

"I feel like this is a setup, after he lost his son they wanted him in jail because he had some connection to some other murder which wasn’t the case. Is he still involved in gang activity? No. He’s too old, he’s got children, man," Stokes' girlfriend said after the hearing.

Anthony Guglielmi of the Chicago Police Department identified Stokes as the shooter in a statement Sunday morning. Stokes was charged with three counts of aggravated battery with a firearm and one count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. 

"It's confirmed, he was picked up Friday and charged with the shooting. This represents the challenge that police grapple with. We are aggressively working to hold gun offenders and gang members accountable," Guglielmi said in the statement.

He added that Stokes has continued his involvement in "the same gang activity that started this initial cycle of violence" even after he "ultimately suffered an unspeakable loss with the calculated execution of his son."

It wasn't immediately known if Stokes has hired an attorney.

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