Customer Shoots, Kills Robber At Tanning Salon

Updated: 12/12/10 2:10 p.m.

ORLAND PARK, Ill. (STMW) – A man died Saturday night after he was shot with his own gun while attempting to rob a tanning salon in southwest suburban Orland Park.

Police received a call at 6:36 p.m. of an armed robbery occurring at L.A. Tan, 15633 S. 94th Ave, according to a release from Orland Police.

Surveillance video from inside the business showed that a man entered the business, announced a robbery and pointed a handgun at a female employee, according to the release. The man then ordered a female customer using a tanning bed to tie the hands and feet of the female employee with rope he had brought with him.

A male customer entered the business minutes later for a scheduled appointment and the suspect pointed the handgun at him and ordered the customer to tie his hands together, according to police.

The male customer then grabbed the handgun away from the suspect, police said. The man moved aggressively toward the male customer, who then shot the man twice with the gun, police said.

The man shot, who remains unidentified Sunday afternoon, died of a gunshot wound to the chest, according to a spokesman for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. His death was ruled a homicide.

The man shot was pronounced dead at 7:30 p.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the medical examiner’s office.

The suspect’s name has not been confirmed and is pending identification by family members or fingerprints, according to the release. A vehicle believed to be the suspect’s was recovered near the scene, the release said.

The male customer, female customer and female employee were unharmed, according to the release. The handgun was also recovered at the scene.

The male customer, who cooperated fully with police, was released without charges and Orland Police are continuing their investigation.

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  • David

    In most other states, honest citizens are allowed to carry concealed handguns to defend themselves. In the liberal la-la land of Illinois, this is what we are reduced to. Get tied up and be at their mercy, or try to grab the gun before you are shot. Oh well, at least the politicians all have armed security for themselves and their familys, eh?

    • Vicky

      The man is a hero; saved the taxpayers from having to pay for his incarceration.

  • Keith

    Perhaps we should make it illegal for any politician in Illinois to have armed security, or the ability to carry a firearm(like the corrupt alderman of Chicago) as long as we are not allowed to defend ourselves.

  • Don Thomas

    finally some street justice

    • Red

      Merry Christmas!!

  • Paul

    A criminal being killed with his own gun. Perfect justice. That man is a hero to those woman. You couldn’t write it any better.

  • Jo Ann

    Thank you for stopping that robber from robbing and/or hurting more people. You are a hero!

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  • righttrack

    They can probably use fingerprints to identify this worthless criminal. I’m sure it wasn’t his first time committing a crime of this magnitude. And kudos to the citizen who had to balls to confront and remove this criminal from our society !!! Buy that man a beer !!! Look at all the money he has saved us law-abiding taxpayers. Maybe if more citizens would help to “take out the trash”, we could balance our country’s budget in a few years.

  • joe

    Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about! If we had sane gun laws like conceal and carry, this punk probably would have not tried this. Our stupid anti gun laws even get crooks killed. Yep one for the team!

  • Mr. Justice

    Well, It is good to see that there are other “like minded Americans” who believe in Conceal Carry. We need to come together and force these puking politicians to sign a law allowing conceal carry in the communist state of IL. We cannot allow the bad guys to have their way anymore. It is time to take back this state and allow law abiding citizens the right to carry handguns. Our gun laws are so strict, but guess what, we have some of the highest crime rates in the country. Stand up people and fight for your rights. We must get our state senators and representatives to pressure that idiot for a governor, Quinn, to sign a conceal carry law. I am sick of these puking liberals who have their own security personnel or carry a handgun themselves for their protection, but refuse the same rights to law abiding citizens. Thank you and stay warm everyone.

  • Mr. 10-32

    Mr. 10-32mtes good to see citizens not laying down and the criminal will show mercy. We learned this isnt always the case from the Lane Bryant murders. God Bless average joe. The girl and you may be alive because of your bravery.M

  • D

    Let this be a message to all thugs. We are back from Iraq and Afghanistan and if you want to play guns, we are more than experienced and bored too. Kick itoff and see what happens punks.
    Public 1
    Punks 0
    Many more to go to keep our taxes down.

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  • Special Forces

    Why the delay on the ID of the thug,but then I think I know why.

  • Lisa

    So, the good guy pulled bad guys gun and shoots bad guy – killing bad guy! I agree that Illinoisans should have the right to carry then things like this wont happen. Thankful the girls working were not hurt as well as the clients. However, in today’s reality this is how I expect it will play out.

    Bad Guys family will be on the news crying, neighbors will say how he was always so helpful, genuine nice guy! Good Guy will be charged with something like “manslaughter” and be sued by bad guys family for “wrongful death”. Good guy will have to hire an attorney and spend hours off work in court and Bad Guys family will make him look like a saint and later own the very Tanning Salon that Bad Guy was killed at.

    As American’s we have the right to protect ourselves. I wish Good Guy and his family all the happiness this holiday can bring and I hope Santa brings him a Smith & Wessen to protect us all! God Bless Good Guy!!!!!

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  • Vicky

    No whining Liberals on here, I see! Starting to see the light., perhaps?

  • stan

    this why il.should adopt a coceal carry law

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