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Brothers held without bond for allegedly murdering teen outside basketball game

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Updated: January 19, 2013 6:29PM



Two brothers were ordered held without bond Saturday for allegedly gunning down a 17-year-old boy outside a high school basketball game at Chicago State University.

Michael McNabb, 32, of the 11500 block of South Racine, and Stephen Gilbert, 29, of the 12400 block of South Harding in Alsip, are charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of Tyrone Lawson II.

The men are brothers, their father said after their bond hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse Saturday.

Lawson, a Morgan Park High School student, was killed Wednesday night near a parking lot on the college campus after a basketball game between Morgan Park and Simeon Career Academy at 95th Street and King Drive, officials said.

Prosecutors said the teen never made it inside the game because he arrived late. He was talking to a group of girls outside when Gilbert allegedly rushed towards him. The group ran in different directions, and gunshots were heard.

Lawson was shot in the buttocks and back, police said. He collapsed and was found in a parking lot. Police soon put out a flash message for the alleged shooter, who witnesses said was wearing a white jacket and fled in a red Jeep.

Police curbed the Jeep and found Gilbert in the back seat, with McNabb driving, authorities said. The gun was found outside the passenger side window, records show. The gun and its ammunition matched the weapon that was used in the shooting, authorities said. Shell casings were also recovered and both men were identified in a photo lineup, police said.

Gilbert, who has a prior weapons conviction, is believed to have been the shooter and had gunshot residue on his left hand, prosecutors said.

McNabb was apparently at the game to pick up his young daughter, who was at the match, said Wallace “Gator” Bradley, a former gang enforcer-turned-“urban translator” and family friend.

Before the shooting, a fight broke out at the end of the game between a players from both teams, and Chicago Public Schools security quickly broke it up.

Bradley said the fight had nothing to do with the shooting: “This was a community thing that happened. The rivalry between Simeon and Morgan Park had nothing to do with the shooting incident.”

He also pleaded with Gangsters Disciple leaders to not retaliate the death in Morgan Park.

“They got a victim already. They’ve got the alleged shooters, supposedly who did it and that’s supposed to be all,” Bradley said. “They can stop the proliferation of shootings within the community so the people can feel safe.”



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