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Roosevelt man charged in fatal shooting of Freeport man; held without bail

Elliott Fortune, 18, right, of Roosevelt, is led

Elliott Fortune, 18, right, of Roosevelt, is led out of Nassau police headquarters in Mineola on Saturday, May 16, 2015. Fortune is charged with second-degree murder in connection with a December 2014 shooting in Roosevelt that killed 21-year-old Sayvon Marcus Burt, seen at left in an undated photo, police said. Credit: Nassau County Crime Stoppers / Howard Schnapp

The son of a former Roosevelt High School football player who went on to the NFL was charged Saturday in the fatal shooting of a Freeport man last December and the attempted slaying of another man in April.

Elliott Fortune, 18, of Roosevelt, was arraigned in First District Court in Hempstead on charges of second-degree murder, attempted murder, attempted robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.

A law enforcement source confirmed that the defendant's father, also named Elliott Fortune, was a professional football player. Records show he played two seasons in the NFL -- in 1995 for the Cleveland Browns, and in 1996 for the Baltimore Ravens.

Authorities said the younger Fortune, who records show was also on the Roosevelt High football team, robbed, shot and killed Sayvon Burt, 21, of Freeport, on Dec. 20, 2014, in an alley near Park and Lakewood avenues in Roosevelt.

Four months later, on April 20, prosecutors said Fortune and his brother, whom authorities did not name in court, tried to rob a second victim of his backpack on Long Beach Avenue in Roosevelt.

As Fortune and the victim struggled over the backpack, Fortune told his brother, "Just shoot him," according to court records.

Authorities said the brother shot the victim in the face at close range. The bullet exited the man's jaw and grazed his left shoulder, records show.

He was treated at Nassau University Medical Center's intensive-care unit and survived. He later made "positive photo array identifications" that led police to arrest Fortune, records show.

Fortune, who did not enter a plea yesterday, was ordered held without bail and is due back in court Tuesday. His lawyer could not be reached for comment.

The status of any charges against Fortune's brother was not immediately known.

The elder Fortune is currently facing charges of marijuana possession and driving without a license stemming from a December 2014 traffic stop in Nassau, records show.

He was one of more than 100 former NFL players who filed a federal lawsuit in 2012, claiming that the league didn't protect them from concussions.

With Robert Brodsky

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