CHICAGO – A 47-year-old Chicago man has been charged in connection with a shooting that killed a 55-year-old grandmother and injured a security guard in the Bronzeville neighborhood earlier this month.
Elbert Duncan was arrested Monday after being identified as the suspect who shot and injured Victor Brown, a 34-year-old security guard, in the 200 block of East 35th Street, Chicago police say.
At approximately 4:12 p.m. on Feb. 1, Chicago police say Brown was on the sidewalk when he was involved in a verbal altercation with an unknown man, now believed to be Duncan.
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Duncan allegedly pulled out a gun and shot Brown, who was hit in the right leg, police said. Brown pulled out his own pistol and fired back, then continued firing a pistol he had taken from a concealed carry rack, police said.
[L-R] Elbert Duncan, Bobby Johnson and Victor Brown.
During the exchange of gunfire, Bobbye Johnson, 55, was shot in the chest by Brown as she walked toward a bank four blocks away, prosecutors say. She was later pronounced dead at a local hospital, police said.
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Cook County prosecutors said after being shot in the leg, Brown fired more than 20 rounds wildly during the shootout with no regard for who else might be injured. He now faces a first-degree murder charge in Johnson’s death.
Police say Brown and Duncan once had an argument outside Wood’s Food & Liquor in the neighborhood.
Cook County court records show Brown was arrested at least 10 times, including for unlawful possession of firearms, battery, household battery and armed robbery. Most cases were dropped, but he pleaded guilty to domestic assault in 2015 and armed robbery without a firearm in 2010.
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He was sentenced to 100 days in the Cook County Jail for the first case and six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the other.
Duncan faces one count of aggravated assault with a firearm. He was due to appear in bond court on Tuesday.