Police: Gunman made sexual advances

February 6, 2008 7:26:54 PM PST
One woman survived the deadly store shootings in the south suburbs last Saturday. On Wednesday, she issued her first statement about the murders of five women at the Tinley Park Lane Bryant store. Hundreds of mourners filed into a Homewood funeral home Wednesday to remember one of the victims, Carrie Chiuso. With a heavy snow falling and their hearts even heavier, friends and family arrived for 33-year-old Chiuso's visitation. A graduate of Homewood-Flossmoor High School, she was also a social worker at the school. Police say she and four other women were killed execution style Saturday morning at the clothing store.

The only survivor of the shooting released a letter Wednesday with a message for the general public and to the families of the women who were killed. Tinley Park Police released the letter from the sole survivor of the shootings, a 33-year-old south suburban woman who was shot in the neck. She is now helping police.

"Please know that during the events of that day, their thoughts were focused on you and coming home. My heartaches that they were unable to do so. And I am working with the authorities in any way possible for all of the victims," the letter says.

In her letter, the survivor called it an unspeakable tragedy, and the victims, five of the bravest women she has ever met.

Also Wednesday, police confirmed that the gunman fondled one of the women before opening fire.

"One of the victims was a target of sexual advances by the offender. In that she was fondled. There was no further sexual contact beyond that," said Cmdr. Rick Bruno, Tinley Park Police.

And police are also giving a more detailed description of the killer's hairstyle.

"He is now described as having three to five puffy cornrows that go back from the front of his head with one strand, with green beads, hanging over his right cheek," said Bruno.

With that more detailed description, police are also making an appeal to barber shops and hair salons that perform braiding in the area in the hopes that someone might be able to make a match.

Police say they are still working with the sole survivor on coming up with a composite sketch and they're hoping to release one very soon.

In South Bend, Indiana, where 34-year-old victim Jennifer Bishop was a nurse and mother of three young children, her husband spoke out Wednesday, saying he wanted her remembered as a wonderful person who loved her family.

"She's a beloved daughter, sister, aunt, wife and most of all mother. She loved her family and spent most of her time with family," said husband Brian Bishop.