A security guard was shot and killed late Thursday trying to stop two armed robbers who held up a South Side Aldi store. The robbers also shot and wounded a customer as she tried to get away.
One of the two robbers walked up to a register at the store in the 9000 block of South Halsted Street and announced a robbery at 7:27 p.m., according to police. A 54-year-old security guard for the store became involved in a struggle with the second suspect, who pulled out a handgun and shot the guard multiple times in the head and upper torso, police said.
He was identified by the Cook County medical examiner’s office as Reginald Lanier, of 11647 S. Campbell Ave., in Chicago’s Beverly community and he was dead at the scene of the shooting.
A 67-year-old woman was also shot in the leg as she tried to get out of the store, police said. She was taken in serious to critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to fire department officials.
Distraught relatives identified the guard as Lanier, a father of one.
Two female relatives wailed “No ... God, no!” after they arrived at the scene.
Lanier had only worked at the store for three or four months, lost a nephew to gun violence last week and was worried about his safety at the store, said his brother-in-law, Horace Page Jr.
“Of course he was (worried about his safety), you know how it is out here,” said Page, a former Chicago police officer who became an engineer to get away from street violence. “They killed him, they killed him at work.”
Lanier had a 20-year-old daughter who is an honor student at Roosevelt University and he lived with his wife, Page said.
The robbers got away with an unknown amount of cash, police said.
Calumet Area detectives are investigating.
Murder during the commission of a robbery. That's a Death Penalty case.