Former De La Salle ‘supernatural' athlete killed in Skyway shooting

CHICAGO (STMW) - A former star basketball and football player at De La Salle High School was killed and a woman wounded in a shooting Wednesday afternoon on the Chicago Skyway bridge over the Calumet River.

Elliott Brown, 25, was driving a BMW coupe southbound on the Skyway (I-90) near 98th Street about 1:30 p.m. when it was approached by a black SUV, authorities said.

Someone in the SUV opened fire, striking Brown in the BMW multiple times. A 23-year-old woman passenger was shot in the left arm, police said. The SUV then continued southbound.

Brown of the 4000 block of South Calumet, was dead at the scene, police said.

Brown played basketball and football for four years at De La Salle Institute, 3434 S. Michigan, before he graduated in 2008. He was described by former teammates as a “supernatural” athlete.

“Teams would game plan against him like no tomorrow,” said his former football teammate Mark Rangel. “No tomorrow.”
Rangel said that after high school, Brown played football at Missouri State University for a time before returning to Chicago after he had a son. After coming home, he played basketball for Malcolm X College.
The woman was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where her condition stabilized, police said.

Police believe the shooter and the victims had “prior contact” before the shooting.

The BMW was registered to a home about a mile from the scene of the shooting, though the registered owner’s name did not match those of two names mentioned in police radio chatter.

Traffic on the southbound lanes of the Bishop Ford was snarled for hours, with outbound lanes to Indiana closed as investigators worked the scene. One inbound lane remained open.

 

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