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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. On February 11 Police released a sketch of the suspect 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, and 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.”
1) At 10:08 a.m. The suspect enters the store posing as deliveryman.
2) A few minutes later he pulls out a gun and announces a robbery. He moves the women into a backroom and ties them up. (Many still aren’t convinced that this was a robbery gone awry, but may have been some type of revenge or vendetta killing.)
3) He was distracted when two customers entered the store. They then became victims, too.
4) 10:44 a.m. McFarland calls 911 after freeing her hands. Police believe the women were alive at this time.
5) 10:46 a.m. Police arrive on scene to find 5 women dead.
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.
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.