Gun At Foiled L.A. Tan Robbery Linked To ‘Honeybee’ Shootings

Updated 12/13/10 6:52 p.m. C.T.

ORLAND PARK, Ill. (STMW/WBBM) – Ballistics testing on the .38 caliber revolver recovered at the scene of a shooting at an Orland Park tanning salon shows it was the same gun used in October’s shootings at the Illinois and Indiana state lines, police sources tell CBS 2.

Police today have been at the downstate home of Gary Amaya, who was killed in the weekend robbery and who authorities say may be be the “honeybee killer” who killed one man and wounded two others in the attacks, a law enforcement source said.

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Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy says a customer who shot and killed the would-be robber is a hero who prevented a terrible tragedy.

McCarthy said customer Jason McDaniel walked in on the robbery at an L.A. Tan store and was ordered by the robber to tie himself up. McDaniel, fearing that he would be killed, lunged for the gun and during a struggle, killed 48-year-old Gary Amaya.

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Jason McDaniel turned the tables on an armed intruder at L.A. Tan in Orland Park. (CBS)

“I did what I had to do to get home to my family,” McDaniel, a husband and the father of a young girl, told CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez.

Amaya’s truck matches the one used in the October killings and now sources have told CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole the gun also matches. Amaya lives in Rankin, about 100 miles south of Chicago.

At L.A. Tan, a man entered the business about 6:30 p.m. and announced a robbery and pointed a handgun at a female employee. The man then ordered a female customer using a tanning bed to tie the hands and feet of the female employee with a rope he had brought with him, officials said. A few minutes later, McDaniel entered the business and was ordered at gunpoint by the suspect to tie his hands together, according to police.

But McDaniel grabbed the gun. He shot the suspect twice, police said.

Nick Patel, owner and CEO of L.A. Tan, called the McDaniel “a true hero.”

“I thank God I came in those doors to help those girls,” McDaniel, said. “I thank God it was me.”

His first thought wasn’t shooting. He tried to offer money. He tried to reason.

“Man you don’t have to do this. I’ve got a little girl at home, I’m a new daddy,” McDaniel told the man. But that tactic wasn’t working. The gunman — a stocky, dark skinned white man in his late 30s to early 40s, McDaniel recalled — told him that he didn’t care. Instead, he ordered him to tie his hands.

When the gunman reached for the ropes he carried in a bag, McDaniel saw his chance and took it. Lunging at the unmasked man and knocking him to the ground, he then grabbed the gun from the counter where the man had left it.

The man fought back, and McDaniel shot him as the two struggled on the ground.

“Then I was standing up again and he was still grabbing for things in his pocket, so I shot him again.”

He doesn’t own a gun but he knew how to use one. He didn’t aim to kill. He just had to save those girls, and save himself, he said.

In the so-called “honeybee” shootings, Lynwood cop Brian Dorian was initially charged in the case but the charges quickly were dropped.

Rolando Alonso, 45, was killed Oct. 5 in rural Beecher. Another victim, Joshua Garza, 19, was shot in his right eye. The gunman also shot Keith Dahl, 64, an Indiana farmer. The gunman asked Dahl about honeybees before he started shooting.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. WBBM contributed to this report.)

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  • bob

    The anti gun crowd needs to realize just because you do what the badguy asks, doesn’t mean he isn’t going to take your life or everyone in the room.

    • wynot

      The anti-gun crowd isn’t stupid. The hero did not own a gun. A shootout wouldn’t have had a happy ending.

      • Vicky

        So then, you are okay with an armed criminal shooting unarmed victims? Do what you want, but keep your nose out of my constitutional rights.

  • state trooper

    If this guy is connected with the other shootings,and the MO is a dark skinned White guy could he be the Lane Bryant killer,just a thought.I80 connection.

    • Wanda

      Too bad it doesn’t seem so. There was a witness who described puffy corn rows.

  • john

    This McDaniel guy is indeed a true hero.
    He saved the lives of two innocent girls.
    I’d like to buy him a drink or two.

    • KE

      Me too!
      You do not come across guys like that too often these days!

  • david, nra

    Most states (43 out of the 50!) allow law-abiding citizens, who have passed background checks and taken mandatory training, to carry concealed handguns to defend themselves from criminal attack. To those who oppose such common sense laws, please think long and hard about this. An armed, law abiding citizen very well could save you some day as well. You have nothing to fear from your honest, law abiding fellow citizens who have been checked by federal law enforcement agencies, and who have been trained.

    • KE

      Well said.

  • Vicky

    Thanks for saving the Illannoyed taxpayers a few shekels. ^5!

  • Ann

    As long as the bad guys have guns, then every law abiding citizen should have the legal right to carry a gun.

  • Donna

    McDaniel, thank you for saving the lives of everyone involved today. You are a true hero. LA Tan owes you more than the drop in the bucket they have offered. You are priceless. Thank you.

  • Dan

    Too bad he didn’t live, then he could be sentenced to death by honey bees.

  • iphish

    And all those people that commented when Brian Dorian was released for the honeybee killings need to rethink what innocent until proven guilty means!

  • JW

    Thank God for Jason Mcdaniel! Taking action when desperatly needed. A real Hero!

  • Dave Shimko

    The would be victim got lucky by getting access to the criminal’s gun. Good work! Just another reason concealed carry should be legal in Illinois. Give the innocents a fighting chance!

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