Police on Monday charged a man in connection with a fatal shooting they said caught an innocent
victim in the crossfire.
Darel McEwen, 20, wanted for the shooting death of an aspiring rap artist turned himself in to
police, 10TV's Kevin Landers reported.
Tyrone Lee died on Saturday night, shortly after being shot as he walked along South Eureka
Avenue on the city's west side.
Police said Lee, 22, was not the intended target, Landers reported.
"This was not God's will for that boy to shoot my son," said Lee's mother, Beverly Martin.
Martin said her son dreamed of becoming a professional rapper and was leaving a recording
session on Saturday when he was shot.
"He'd be in the shower and he'd be rapping," Martin said. "He always told me 'I'm going to be
big, I'm going to be big."
Sasha Mattox's husband produced music with Lee, who went by the name "Philly" when he
"He just left my house and just hugged and kissed my son and said 'I love you Sash' and I said
'I love you Philly,'" Mattox said. "He was supposed to come back and cut a song, but he never got
to come back."
Marcus Payne and Lee were walking along Eureka Avenue when they heard gunshots, Landers
Payne said they both started running in opposite directions and it was then that Lee was struck
by a bullet.
"Philly kept running straight and (the shooter) shot off three more shots and it hit Philly and
he dropped," Payne said.
Payne said he believes the bullets were meant for him, because he and the alleged gunman have
children with the same woman.
He said he believes the shooting was from an old grudge, Landers reported.
Lee leaves behind a 2-year-old daughter.
McEwen has been charged with murder, Landers reported.
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