Chicago Grandmother and Local Gospel Singer Fatally Shot After Being Caught in Crossfire While Leaving Bank


The Bronzeville community in Chicago is mourning this week after police identified a woman tragically killed after getting caught in the middle of gunfire.

Bobbye Johnson, 55, was leaving Chase Bank on Tuesday afternoon at 3500 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr when Victor Brown, a security guard at a nearby liquor store, allegedly grabbed another guard’s gun and wantonly fired 20 shots down the street, intending to hit a man who had just shot him in the leg during an argument.

Instead, police said Brown’s bullets fatally struck Johnson in the chest. The 34-year-old is facing one felony count of first-degree murder and one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon in Johnson’s death, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said in media conference Friday following Brown’s arrest.

Victor Brown was hospitalized before being taken to Cook County Jail for the injury to his thigh.

“Chicago Police Department sincerely hopes the arrest and charging of the offender responsible, Victor Brown, who is charged with first-degree murder, brings some small measure of closure to her family during this unimaginable time,” Supt. Brown told reporters.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Mary Ellen Cagnassola