Kansas gun store owner killed in attempted robbery

Kansas gun shop co-owner killed in attempted robbery; 3 suspects wounded

A Kansas gun store owner shot during an attempted robbery Friday afternoon has died, police said. 

John Bieker, co-owner of She's a Pistol in Shawnee, was one of four people shot after four assailants tried to rob the shop about 2:10 p.m., said city spokesman Dan Ferguson. 

Three of the suspects were also shot, and a co-owner of the store suffered minor injuries. 

The gunshot victims were taken to Overland Park Regional Medical Center, where two are in fair condition and one is in critical condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Two of the suspects, one of them wounded, tried to flee on foot, but were found a short time later, Ferguson said. All four suspects are in custody. 

Employees at a business across the street said they saw two men run from the store and later saw people being put into ambulances. One employee, who declined to give her name, said she heard screaming coming from the store.

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3:29 p.m. This post was updated with the news that the gun store owner has died.

This post was first published at 2:42 p.m.

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