Chicago Cops Seek Killer of 5

Alleged killer fled after robbing Lane Bryant store
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2008 2:00 PM CST
Police investigate the shooting in a Lane Bryant store at the Brookside shopping center in Tinley Park, Ill., south of Chicago, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Police are searching for a stocky black man who reportedly shot five women dead in a Chicago mall burglary this morning, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Police surrounded the Tinley Park mall after shots were reported at a Lane Bryant store just before 11 a.m. “There is no question it was a horrific scene,’’ said a police source.

Cops combed through Target and PetSmart stores with guns drawn but found the assailant gone, witnesses said. A helicopter is hovering over the scene at the Brookside Marketplace shopping center, where the 191st Street and Harlem Avenue area is completely blocked off. "We're checking every possible means of getting out of this area," Tinley Park Police Sgt. T.J. Grady said.