Police search for gunman who shot Thornton teacher

2014-05-05T20:30:00Z 2014-05-05T22:28:20Z Police search for gunman who shot Thornton teacherGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
May 05, 2014 8:30 pm  • 

HARVEY | Police are searching a suspect in the shooting of a Thornton High School teacher Saturday.

Sean Howard, a spokesman for the Harvey Police Department, said Monday that Michael Brown, of Flossmoor, was driving his car through Harvey when he crashed into a parked vehicle near 154th Street and Ashland Avenue.

When police approached, they discovered Brown shot once in the back. They did not know from where the shot was fired, or if Brown was the intended target.

Brown is a longtime mathematics teacher at the school.

Brown was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where hospital officials said Monday he remained in serious condition.

Jerry Doss, a communications director for Thornton Township High School District 205, said school officials were told Brown was recovering from his wound. They are hopeful he will return to the job.

Howard said police were hopeful Brown could give them some clues that might help them.

“Our ability to resolve this case is going to depend on how cooperative (Brown) can be with us,” Howard said.

Doss said Brown has been a mathematics teacher at Thornton for at least 15 years, recalling Brown was one of his teachers when Doss was a Thornton High student in the late 1990s.

“He was a phenomenal teacher,” Doss said.

Glenn Harston, a spokesman for the district, said school officials had set up crisis counseling at Thornton High School for students or staff who needed it.

Brown’s classes were being staffed this week with a counselor, Doss said.

Harston said counseling would remain in place as long as they were needed, adding that creation of the crisis centers was the standard plan for Thornton District 205 any time a violent or other potentially traumatic incident occurred.

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