was inside the split-family home he rented with his girlfriend Monday night when three gunmen burst through the door, shooting him in the back.
The murder happened just after dark in this flat in the 3800 block of Compton, a distance from Chippewa.
Police say that the assailants were seeing running from the house and down the alley adjoining the house. Thornton, 26, was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
An investigation is ongoing.