Security Guard Killed, Woman Hurt In Attempted Robbery

UPDATED 11/11/11 11:08 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) —  A family is grieving following the murder of a security guard, who was gunned down during a robbery at an Aldi store in the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood.

As CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports, the robbers remained on the loose Friday morning.

Security guard Reginald Lanier, 54, of the Beverly neighborhood, was killed, and a 67-year-old woman who was shopping at the store was injured as she tried to escape, in the gunfire that rang out inside the popular Aldi store at 9001 S. Halsted St.

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Around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, as one of two armed robbers walked up to the register and announced a robbery.

Lanier got into a struggle with the second suspect, who pulled out a gun and shot him multiple times in the head and upper torso, police said.

The woman who was trying to escape was shot in the leg as she tried to run out. She was taken in serious to critical condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, but has since been treated and released.

Lanier’s relatives could not hold back when they arrived at the Aldi late Thursday night.

“Oh my God! No!” one woman sobbed.

On Friday morning, Lanier’s neighbors were just starting to find out.

“What have we come to?” said neighbor Edward Murray, who lives two doors down from Lanier’s family.

Murray said Lanier was like an older brother; someone to barbecue with and watch sports.

“We just lost a good guy. It’s just senseless. It’s senseless,” Murray said. “We have to come together. I’m shocked.”

Added another neighbor, Samuel Jones: “He was just to himself – a quiet guy who would wave at you and smile at you; somebody you would say is a great guy; just great to know; a friendly neighbor.”

Lanier’s relatives said he had worked at the store for only three or four months, but he was worried about his safety after losing his nephew to gun violence last week.

“It’s so incredibility short – the fragility; the brevity of life itself,” Jones said. “I mean, it’s just not to be taken for granted.”

Customers at the Aldi store Lanier was always helpful.

“He was always a very helpful person; I mean, sometimes, when people would come into the store and they couldn’t find a certain thing, he would say, ‘It’s in aisle B-1,’ or whatever, you know,” said Aldi customer Les Jones. “So he was more than just a guard. He was like part of the community.”

Lanier’s 20-year-old daughter is an honor student at Roosevelt University. She spoke briefly to CBS 2 Friday morning, but the family declined to go on camera.

“My heart is out to the family,” Murray said.

Police were reviewing surveillance video from the store Friday morning, but would not say if the cameras actually captured images of the suspects.

Meanwhile, the Aldi store was closed Friday morning, and customers were being turned away.

  • Peter

    Jim I agree Obama, Rahm, Madigan, Cullerton, and Quinn acerbated and made the situation intolerable to live on the Cook County.
    the voters are mislead, deceived, and misinformed about politics and how it affects their daily lives. Add ex- Mayor Daley to the problem as well!!!!

    • Jim Hamilton

      I think CBS pulled my post so I’m reposting it, and yeah ex-Mayor Daleys plural are the grandfathers of the whole big mess.

      Chicago is turning into one huge cesspool of criminals, put a fence around it and take away their right to vote.
      By the way.
      Hi there Chicago it’s me from down state illinois. Hows the anti gun laws working out for ya. When will you idiots up there wake up and see your anti carry laws only dis arm the law abiding guys and keep the bad guys with their guns safer?
      Like hell take my family to Chicago for family fun. Getting them all killed in a drive up like so many others I read about doesn’t sound like fun to me oh yeah and in Chicago the criminals carry guns but I can’t hahaha NO THANK YOU CHICAGO!

      Rahm is more worried about getting those cameras to work so he can catch you hurrying home from the restaurants to use the bathroom than to clean up the cesspool. Why aren’t those cameras watching the neighborhood instead of working people running behind to get to works license plates. Running behind because of the big potholes in the road lord knows they have created more danger than going 5 mile an hour over has.

  • No More Monkey Business

    Sounds like a couple of black homie gangsters, working their craft! When will law makers decide that enough is enough? The time has come to fight this black homie problem by any means neccessary. The only good homie, is a dead homie!!!

    • Sick of No More Monkey Business

      You are an idiot. Every time I read a story about a black person committing a crime, you always post your same lame response. I know the crime epidemic in Chicago’s black community is out of control, and it sadden me every time I read a story. There are a lot of black people that have morals and work hard every day and I am one of them. Let me as you this question. How do you feel when you read about a white male molesting a little boy and other white males cover the crime up or a white female that kills her baby. For me I don’t say the whole race is corrupt, but I hold the person responsible not because of race, but because they are a horrible human being.

      • No More Monkey Business

        I am not an idiot. I think I can answer your question. The extremely rare crime of child molestation or the whack jobs that kill their kids are examples of very sick, pathetic individuals and I would NEVER defend any of them. On the other hand, violent crimes committed by blacks, every single day, day in and day out, are not crimes committed by a tiny percentage of the black population as is the sicko crimes you suggested. These violent crimes are committed by individuals that have made the decision to live the gangster lifestyle. They commit the same vicious crimes over and over, with no remorse whatsoever. The thought of working for a living is not something a gangster would ever even consider. We ALL are potential victims of these vicious criminals, every time we walk down the street. The sickos target kids, often times their own. They are not a danger to you and me. I don’t accuse the entire black race for the actions of these criminals, but the black community IS responsible for this gangster mentality to some extent. How many times have you heard a gangsters mother on TV saying that her murderous son is a good boy and would never hurt anyone? Or members of the black community refusing to cooperate with police, for the sole purpose of protecting their own. I can go on and on with examples. I think maybe you will get it after reading this. Have a very nice day!!!

  • fobby

    I am not agreeing at all with Vigorous comments by “No more Monkey business”…but one thing is true that A community can only demand action from government after it has done it’s share of resposibility. First we have to raise kids like rest of the civilized world raises their kids-A full family-Mom-Dad living together and working five days-send kids to school/college-teach them values and morals like rest of the world is teaching their kids..Go to church/temple whatever…repsect their own parents as grandparents..Then demand action by
    governing body-may it be city police or politicians. Why do you think Jesse is only coming out once every six months where his own benefit(may it be political or financial)is at stake and try to be labeled a “community leader” .

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