TINLEY PARK, Ill. — Saturday marks the fifth anniversary of the shooting deaths of five women at a clothing store in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park, and investigators are still looking for the killer.
Three Tinley Park police investigators have worked full time to find the gunman. They have received nearly 6,700 leads, although only 87 came in 2012. Mayor Ed Zabrocki said the village has spent $1.9 million on the case. They’ve even had NASA enhance video.
A botched robbery attempt turned deadly on Feb. 2, 2008, when a man disguised as a deliveryman entered a Lane Bryant store. 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.
“When we catch this guy, it’s going to open a lot of wounds,” said Tinley Park Police Commander Pat McCain. “It’s not ‘if.’ It’s ‘when,’ at least in my book.”
Family members of victims are remembering the women at the anniversary. McFarland’s father, Hilton Hamilton, of Lockport, says he’s still angry and hasn’t found closure.
“It’s an empty feeling, a very empty feeling,” he said. “I know nothing can bring her back but someone needs to be brought to justice.”
Chiuso’s brother, Mark Hudek, said he wants accountability.
“I believe the police are doing what they can but it frustrates me that somebody out there knows this guy. He’s somebody’s husband or brother or nephew,” Hudek said.