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Robber Shot Dead, Employee Wounded In Liquor Store Holdup

Liquor Store Shooting

A robber was shot and killed, and an employee was wounded, at this Auburn-Gresham neighborhood liquor store overnight. (Credit: CBS)

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UPDATED 08/12/11 12:53 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — A suspected robber was shot and killed and an employee was wounded during a holdup at a liquor store in the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood overnight.

Around 10 p.m. Thursday, two armed men walked into the Z&S Food & Liquor Store, 1351 W. 87th St., and demanded money.

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While the suspects were exiting the store, shots were fired and one of the suspects was hit, Gaines said.

Police used fingerprints to positively identify Cleveland Collins, 41, of an unidentified address, who was shot multiple times in the chest, according to a spokesman for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

A store employee was shot in the abdomen and taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Gaines said. The store owner told WBBM’s Mike Krauser the wounded employee, his son, was expected to be OK.

The second robber fled the scene, Gaines said.

The shooting was a reminder for nearby business owners to stay alert.

You have to be buzzed in at BJ’s beauty store. Owner Barbara Slay tells CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker that extra security is a way of life in the neighborhood.

You’ll find bullet proof glass at the gas station across the street. No one’s surprised that the liquor store was open Friday, despite the incident.

“You just pray and keep going. What you going to do? It’s your business — you can’t give it,” Slay said.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.