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Bronzeville, Near South Side

Man Accused Of Starting Bronzeville Shootout That Left Grandmother Dead Charged

The man allegedly shot a security guard and ran off — leading the guard to open fire into a busy street, killing a 55-year-old woman.

Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago

BRONZEVILLE — The man police say shot a security guard, touching off a chaotic shootout that killed a South Side grandmother has been charged.

Elbert Duncan, 47, was charged Tuesday with one count of aggravated battery. Prosecutors and police say Duncan shot Victor Brown, 34, Feb. 1 in the 200 block of East 35th Street. A Cook County judge ordered Duncan held without bail Tuesday, according to the Sun-Times.

Prosecutors said Duncan shot Brown in his leg during an argument outside the liquor store where Brown worked as a security guard, according to the Sun-Times. Prosecutors said Duncan, who had been banned from the store, then ran off, the paper reported.

While on the ground wounded, Brown took a colleague’s gun and fired more than 20 shots into the street, even though there were bystanders and Duncan was a block away by that point, prosecutors said last week, according to the Sun-Times.

Prosecutors said Brown shot and killed 55-year-old Bobbye Johnson, who was walking to a bank four blocks away, according the Sun-Times.

“Ms. Johnson was simply walking down the street one minute and an innocent victim. She was caught in senseless crossfire in the next moment,” Supt. David Brown said last week. “She was a mother and a grandmother. A friend and a confidante. A woman of faith who will never be forgotten.”

Victor Brown was charged with first-degree murder in Johnson’s death. He was hospitalized during his bail hearing last week, when a judge set his bail at $1 million.

“… Ms. Johnson should be here but for the reckless conduct of the person we charged,” the superintendent said.

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