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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 Chicagomarker suburb of Tinley Parkmarker, Illinoismarker, United Statesmarker, 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.

Details

Four customers, a part-time employee, and the store manager, all women, were taken to the back of the store and shot. Five of the women were killed, but the part-time employee was only 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 H. Chiuso, 33, of Frankfort;
  • Rhoda McFarland, 42, of Joliet, the store manager;
  • Jennifer L. Bishop, 34, of South Bend, Indianamarker
  • The identity of the survivor is protected by police and has not been released to the media.


Aftermath

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.

Then Senator Barack Obama, who was elected President in November that year, released a statement following the killings:

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.

The Steve Wilkos Show, being taped in Chicago, profiled the suspect of the shooting at the end of one episode since the incident.

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