Was the Honey Bee Gunman Killed at LA Tan in Orland Park?



UPDATE: Gary Amaya, the armed robber described below, was in possession of the same weapon that was used in the October ‘honeybee shootings’ according to ballistic testing that confirmed a match with crimes in October that used a .38-caliber revolver. Police are searching Amaya’s house — a small white bungalow with a detached garage in the tiny town of Rankin north of Champaign.


An attempted robbery at an LA Tan in Orland Park ended with the robber being shot and killed with his own gun Saturday night.

Gary Amaya tried to rob the tanning salon Saturday night when a customer walked in and saw a female employee at gunpoint and getting tied up with a rope that the robber brought to the crime scene.

The customer wrestled the gun from the offender when he put it down on a counter, and shot him twice. The gunshots killed Gary Amaya.

The man fits the description of the man wanted for approaching three construction workers in October 2010, shooting two of them and killing the other near Beecher, Illinois. The offender, named the Honeybee Gunman, then crossed the Illinois-Indiana border and shot and injured a farmer.

Illinois and Indiana law officers created a bi-state task force to track down the gunman who talked about bees and plywood, killed the one person, seriously wounded the two others and terrorized residents on both sides of the Illinois-Indiana border.

Ballistic tests indicate the same gun — a .38-caliber or .357-caliber Colt revolver — was likely used in the shootings in both states, and now the caliber size matches the gun used at the attempted robbery at LA Tan. A ballistic test is scheduled for the LA Tan attempted robbery, which could help the investigation of the Honey Bee Gunman.

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