Retired Police Sergeant Shot in Home Invasion

Elmer Brown was listed in critical condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with gunshot to the neck

By Anita Selvaggio and Lauren Petty
|  Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014  |  Updated 11:36 AM CDT
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A retired Chicago police sergeant was critically wounded in a shooting late Monday on the city’s far south side.

Elmer Brown, a 73-year-old retired police sergeant, was shot in the neck during a robbery in his home near East 115th Street and South Avenue G about 11:45 p.m., police said.

Brown was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in critical condition, police said. His wife was not injured.

"I'm shocked. I'm completely shocked. It's a very quiet neighborhood. Nothing ever happens. We're all retired police officers here. You can -- 10, 15 within the two blocks, at least," said neighbor Rich Pina.

Brown's caregiver, Eva Luna, said it was just last week that she was telling Brown of a break-in at a nearby home. Luna suggested that maybe homes in the area were being targeted because of the residents who live there.

"Maybe because they notice there are seniors around this whole area," she said. "It's not nice. It doesn't matter what age you are. ... If they want to steal or take something, take it, but don't hurt nobody. You know you're going to get what you want. Just don't hurt them. It's terrible."

Luna said Brown is a diabetic and has lost his vision.

Authorities by 5:30 a.m. said they had no one in custody. No description of the shooter was provided but detectives were still investigating.

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