Â Updated 2/05/2008
Tinley Park, IL -Â In what appears to be a robbery gone bad, an unidentified man entered a Tinley Park Lane Bryant store in a strip mall and shotÂ six women on February 2.Â Â The shooter is reported to be an African-American male between 25 and 35 years old, about 5’9″, a little curvy himself at 230 to 260 pounds, and wearing a black waist length winter coat , black jeans and a black hat.Â He had thick braids under a hat with one braid that hung next to his face.Â That braid had four green beads on it.
All six women were taken into a back room, beaten,Â and systematically shot.Â Police say this guy’s a wuss who likes to hurt women and is afraid of men, which is why they think he chose a women’s clothing store.Â Â One victim survived a gunshot to the neck and is being held in protective custody.Â She reports that the gunman made sexual advances to the women and bound them with duct tape.Â The sixth victim managed to call 911.
The gunman entered the store after 10 a.m. Saturday and chatted briefly with some of the victims before announcing a holdup, and may have initially feigned that he was making a delivery, sources said.Â Â Â Police entered the plus-size womens apparel store and found the women dead inside.Â Â Â Â Carrie Hudek Chiuso, 33, of Frankfort IL has been identified by her family as one of the victims.Â Sarah Szafranski, 22, of Oak Forest is the second shooting victim to be identified.Â Also killed were Connie R. Woolfolk, 37, Jennifer L. Bishop, 34, and store manager Rhoda McFarland, 42.
Â Police are following leads to track down the gunman and say that investigators have received more than 90 tips.Â The tip hotline number isÂ 708-444-5394.Â Â Police are asking area beauty salons and barbershops that bead hair to go through their client lists forÂ anyone matching the gunman’s description.ÂTags: