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Store opening in space of Tinley Park shootings

November 3, 2013

TINLEY PARK, Ill. (AP) — A TJ Maxx store is set to open in the space where a gunman shot and killed five women in suburban Chicago almost six years ago.

The discount retailer will open Thursday in the renovated space in Tinley Park, according to a report (http://bit.ly/183wdYB ) in The Southtown Star.

A botched robbery attempt turned deadly on Feb. 2, 2008, when a man disguised as a deliveryman entered a Lane Bryant store in the suburb about 20 miles southwest of Chicago. He forced the women into a back room, bound them with duct tape and shot them. A sixth woman was shot but survived.

The victims include Jennifer Bishop, 34, of South Bend, Ind.; Sarah Szafranski, 22, of Oak Forest; Connie Woolfolk, 37, of Flossmoor; Carrie Hudek Chiuso, 33, of Frankfort; and Rhoda McFarland, 42, of Joliet.

Doreen Thompson, a spokeswoman for T.J. Maxx’s parent company TJX Cos., said the retailer didn’t know about the shootings when it selected the location. The company is donating $10,000 to a charity created in memory of the slain women.

“We certainly understand the many sensitivities regarding this location and respectfully look forward to supporting the community as a good neighbor,” Thompson told the newspaper in an email.

There’s a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the gunman. Tinley Park Mayor Ed Zabrocki said he’s confident the gunman will ultimately be found.

“Somewhere, someone will make a mistake,” he said.

Meanwhile, at least two Tinley Park officers are still working the case, which has generated thousands of leads.


Information from: Southtown Star, http://www.southtownstar.com

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