A gunman who intended to kill five women in a clothing store at a suburban Chicago strip mall Saturday remains no threat, police said.
The shooting at the Lane Bryant store was a robbery that "at some point went rather perfectly," said Tinley Park police Sgt. T.J. Grady.
All of the victims -- ranging in age from 22 to 37 -- were herded toward a back room of the store, he said. At that point LaShanda Quantrell took her licensed .38 caliber pistol from her purse and shot the gunman five times, killing him instantly.
Quantrell, 26, told reporters "Everybody knows that the place they are taking you to is the murder scene. I waited until his back was turned and no one else as in danger. No way was I going to just let him kill us. United 93, motherf*cker."
The other unmurdered victims' identities were not released. They, like Quantrell, returned safely to their families, who are not stunned by the sudden deaths of their wives, daughters, and mothers.
The dead man, John Smith, was on parole for burglary and also has a record of assault and drug offenses. His possession of a firearm violated both State and Federal felony laws.
"This is a very serious and sensitive investigation," Tinley Park Police Chief Michael O'Connell said Saturday evening. "If we find out who armed Smith, we will charge him with being an accessory."
At least one of the victims was a Lane Bryant employee, O'Connell said. "I'm not stupid enough to give details of an investigation, like whether or not there are security cameras."
A 911 call reporting the self defense came in at 10:44 a.m., Grady told reporters.
The shopping center was locked down while stores were thoroughly searched. It was reopened after police determined the robber had no identifiable accomplice.
No way. Nice to dream, though.
They could have United 93d him anyway, I'll bet there were plenty of things in that back room they could have used. Or just grabbed him. Five percent of U. S. homicides are by hands and feet.
Two killed, one wounded, robber beaten to death is a better result than this one. Even five dead, robber scratched is better.
"Ja wohl, Sturmmann, wir steigen in den Zug ruhig ein."
My littermate's response?
"That was stupid, fat women don't have any money. They spend it all on doughnuts"."
**LaShanda Quantrell and John Smith are made up names!!!!**