Police searching for shooter of two best friends
August 27, 2007 (WLS) -- Police are still searching for the person who shot two best friends over the weekend. And a community and two families are struggling to deal with the reality of gun violence.
Patrice Brown and Taniya Ross are best friends and classmates at Fenger High School. Brown is on life support while Ross is recovering from her wounds.
"She loved to smile, loved to dance, loved to pose," said Patricia Brown, Patrice Brown's mother.
All Patricia Brown does now is wait. To pass the hours, she remembers happier times captured in photos while her daughter fights for her life.
"She still has her own heartbeat, she still has her own pulse, but eventually everything is going to begin to shut down," said Patricia Brown.
Family members say doctors have pronounced the 17-year old brain dead. She remains on respirator just days after she and her best friend 18-year-old Ross were caught in gun crossfire.
"We can't question God, you know. You have to just enjoy the time that you have with the child.," said Patricia Brown.
Investigators say the almost inseparable pair were walking to Ross' home for a sleepover around 11 Friday night when they stopped to talk to another neighborhood teen. Relatives say two young men walked past the group, then turned around and started shooting.
Patrice Brown was struck in the neck. Ross was hit in the arm and chest. The shooters ran off, and so did the boy the girls were talking to when the attack happened. Police still won't say if he was the intended target.
"If he is any kind of young man that's got a heart, he will go and turn himself in and tell the police what and who," said Darlene Brown, Patrice's grandmother.
School officials plan to have crisis counselors to help, not only students cope, but teachers and staff, with the expected loss of Patrice and the injury to Taniya.
"It could be 5 o'clock, you look up, they (were) still running around here," said Dr. William Johnson of Fenger High School. "If you saw one, you saw the other."
Some people questioned why there aren't more police cameras in the neighborhood. The area's alderman said he's already spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on the visible deterrents.
"What we have to do is stop being afraid and using that as an excuse and stand up and start helping solve some of the problems," said 9th Ward Alderman Anthony Beale.
Update: Patrice Brown was pronounced dead at 2 p.m. Monday at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.
- Man fatally shot by police in domestic dispute
- Sheriff Dart facing opposition from own party
- Brown's Chicken killer wins federal lawsuit
- Mobile payment option for metered parking
- Farewell held for local deployed soldiers
- Gay wedding expo celebrates marriage equality
- Fundraiser held for teen injured at ski park
- Orr Academy basketball player among 6 shot at party
- Mexican culture celebrated at Navy Pier
- abcnews: Toddler with Rare Kidney Disease Beats Odds