Tuesday, February 5, 2008


7264 W. 191st Street, Tinley Park. (Google/NAVTEQ / February 2, 2008)

Flowers, photos and notes rest Monday in front of a cross in honor of Connie Woolfolk, one of five women killed by a gunman in a Tinley Park Lane Bryant on Saturday. (Tribune photo by Chuck Berman / February 4, 2008)

The five victims of a shooting inside the Tinsley Park, Ill., clothing store Saturday were identified as Connie R. Woolfolk, 37, of Flossmoor; Sarah T. Szafranski, 22, of Oak Forest; Carrie H. Chiuso, 33, of Frankfort; Rhoda McFarland, 42, of Joliet; and Jennifer L. Bishop, 34, of South Bend, Ind. Inset from left to right are McFarland, Chiuso, Woolfolk and Szafranski. No image was available of Bishop. (AP Photo/ABC)

Greg Zanis of Sugar Grove reacts after erecting crosses at the Lane Bryant store in Tinley Park Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008. (Tribune photo by Nancy Stone / February 3, 2008)

Massacre Survivor Could Help ID Gunman
FBI Joins Urgent Search for Man Who Fatally Shot Five Women Inside Illinois Clothing Store
By DAVID SCHOETZ Feb. 4, 2008

A victim wounded during a Saturday morning massacre that claimed five lives inside an Illinois women's clothing store may be able to help identify the perpetrator, authorities said.

The shooting survivor, whose name had not been released, was sent to a local hospital after a gunman fatally shot four shoppers and the store manager at a Lane Bryant store in Tinley Park, a normally tranquil town 30 miles west of Chicago.

A hospital spokesman did not provide the condition of the victim Sunday or any details beyond a confirmation that a single shooting victim had been admitted.

A Kentucky newspaper reported Monday that the survivor is a 33-year-old female student with Kentucky ties who worked weekends at the store. The woman's parents told The Messenger of Madisonville, Ky., that the bullet intended to kill their daugther passed through her neck without hitting any vital body parts. The parents also reportedly said that all of the victims were bound and the five women who died suffered gunshot wounds to the back of the head.

Authorities hope the survivor will help them create a composite sketch to assist in the manhunt for the suspect, according to ABC News Chicago affiliate WLS.

The gunman has been described as a black male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing about 250 pounds and wearing a black jacket to the waist, a black baseball cap and dark jeans. Police did not originally reveal that one woman had survived the shooting.


Cook County Crime Stoppers offered an additional $5,000 for information about the case.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I listened very carefully to the voice of the killer and that is not the voice of a black man. It is a latino mans voice. Black men don't talk that fast or say things like "I'm losing it".
Whoever this was may have looked black due to his complexion, but based on the dialect I heard, he is not an african american man.