Lane Bryant shooting
|Lane Bryant shooting|
|Location||Tinley Park, Illinois, in Will County, Illinois, United States|
|Date||February 2, 2008
approx. 10:45am (UTC-6)
|Attack type||Armed robbery, Mass murder|
|Weapon(s)||.40 S&W Glock|
The Lane Bryant shooting was an incident of mass murder and armed robbery at a Lane Bryant clothing outlet in the Brookside Marketplace in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park, Illinois, United States, that occurred on February 2, 2008. The shooting resulted in five fatalities, and the injury of another.
Police do not know the identity of the shooter. Police released a sketch of the suspect on February 11, receiving two dozen leads the first day.
Four customers, a part-time employee, and the store manager, were taken to the back of the store and shot. Five of the women were killed; the part-time employee was wounded and survived. Police found the victims shortly after receiving an emergency call at 10:45 a.m. The gunman was described as a black man with thick, cornrowed hair and a receding hairline, along with one braid lying over the right side of his face at cheek level and decorated with four light-green beads on the end. Police believe it was a robbery "gone awry."
The victims are:
- Connie R. Woolfolk, 37, of Flossmoor;
- Sarah T. Szafranski, 22, of Oak Forest;
- Carrie Hudek Chiuso, 33, of Frankfort, Illinois;
- Rhoda McFarland, 42, of Joliet, the store manager;
- Jennifer L. Bishop, 34, of South Bend, Indiana
- The identity of the survivor is protected by police and has not been released to the media.
The shopping center was closed and locked down while being searched. It was reopened after police found that the gunman had left the immediate area. Some months after the shooting the store has been closed and the building has since been permanently closed.
|“||I was deeply saddened to learn about the shooting in Tinley Park, and my heart goes out to the victims' families. This kind of violence is unacceptable -- not just in a shopping center where we're supposed to feel safe, but wherever it occurs. And as the facts become clear, I hope the authorities find and prosecute whoever is responsible for this tragedy.||”|
A $100,000 reward, half of which was donated by Lane Bryant's parent company, Charming Shoppes Inc., was offered for information leading to the gunman's arrest. On February 6, 2008, Lane Bryant announced the establishment of The Lane Bryant Tinley Park Memorial Fund in honor of the five women who were killed. Lane Bryant also offered to pay for the victims' funerals.
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- Michael Tarm, Associated Press (February 3, 2008). "5 shot dead at suburban Chicago store". Yahoo! News.
- Michael Tarm, Associated Press (February 5, 2008). "Police describe shooting suspect". The Times.
- "Five women killed in Chicago-area store shooting". Reuters. 2008-02-02. Retrieved 2008-02-02.
- "5 dead in strip mall shooting; gunman at large". CNN. February 3, 2008.[dead link]
- "Obama statement on Tinley Park shootings". Chicago Tribune. February 2, 2008.
- "Lane Bryant creates memorial fund for shooting victims". Blast Magazine. February 6, 2008.
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