UPDATE: Fifth person dies, police believe suspect fled southwest on I-80.
Tinley Park Police responded to the Brookside Center at 7264 West 191st Street [MAP/SAT] at about 10:45 a.m. Saturday. An EMS extra alarm was requested by Tinley Park Fire Department. Orland Park responded with two ambulances to help Tinley Park paramedics. Four people were found dead at the scene at the Lane Bryant store.
Police immediately searched the area with the aid of “Air 2” — a police helicopter. All stores in the immediate area were canvassed. The suspect is described as an African-American male of medium complexion, standing 5 feet 8 inches and weighing 230 to 260 pounds, with a black knit cap, a black waist-length winter coat, and dark jeans.
One sighting may have put the suspect at the Brookside Glen subdivision immediately following the crime. The Lane Bryant store is near the intersection of Harlem and 191st Street, which is Interstate 57 and Interstate 80.
Security cameras in the Lane Bryant store have helped police tentatively identify the man, who has a prior history of armed robbery and a homicide conviction. The shootings may have resulted in a botched robbery attempt.
Anyone with any helpful tips to the case are asked to call the Tinley Park police at (708) 444-5368.
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After gaining a reputation for making fine maternity clothing in the early 1900’s, Lane Bryant became a mass manufacturer of plus sized clothing by 1923. Today Lane Bryant clames to be the fashion leader in women’s plus-size clothing, sizes 14–28.