robber shot dead by grocer
GUNMAN FATALLY SHOT BY GROCER
By Diana Strzalka
April 13, 2001
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS -- A South Side grocery owner, who neighbors said had been
robbed repeatedly over the years, Thursday morning shot and killed an armed
robber when the gunman turned toward a customer, police said.
Just before 10 a.m., Tyrone
Ingram, 32, of Rockford, walked into Cidras Super Market in the 2000 block of
West 51st Street, pointed a gun at a 42-year-old female cashier and announced a
stickup, police said.
The 57-year-old shopkeeper, Anselmo Nieves, better known as Shorty, handed over
the cash drawer and cigarettes, police said. Ingram then allegedly hit Nieves
over the head knocking him to the floor.
When a customer walked in, Ingram,
a man with a criminal record that included attempted armed robbery, allegedly
pointed a gun at the female customer, causing Nieves to pick up his shotgun and
fire at the robber, police said. One blow tore into Ingram's left cheek, killing
him, said Police News Affairs Officer Edward Alonzo.
Police said Thursday they would
not file charges against Nieves.
Last year, Nieves had another
brush with death when a robber held a gun to his head and pulled the trigger
just as the shopkeeper moved his head; his ear was nicked by a bullet, said
neighbor Elias Morales.
"Shorty was a good person. We
need more people like him in this neighborhood," said Morales, 17. "He
must have been scared. I know he wouldn't want to hurt anybody."
Another neighbor said: "He's
been robbed so many times. He had to defend himself. It was bound to
An hour after the shooting,
Ingram's family gathered on 51st Street across the street from the store.
Streaks and smudges of blood marked the stoop near the doorway where his body
Gloria Edwards, of the West Side,
said her cousin, Ingram, had been staying with different relatives in the
Chicago area for the last two months.
She said the shooting was wrong no
matter what the circumstances.
"It's too much to take
somebody's life for money," she said.
Ingram's criminal record includes
convictions in the last seven years on charges of mob action, assault, attempted
aggravated battery and attempted armed robbery in Winnebago County, according to
the Winnebago County Circuit Clerk's Office.
KABA NOTE: Gloria Edwards is a
self-centered, small-minded, wrongheaded sociopath who is incapable of dealing
with reality. This world is a better place with that rapscallion 6 feet
under. We commend the grocer for ridding the city of a lowlife, and we are
glad the only one hurt was the parasitic animal. Good riddance. Let's hope the
next thug who attempts to rob someone at gunpoint in Chicago is equally as
successful. The grocer deserves a Good Citizen Award and a plaque
commemorating his well-timed shot placement and the service he provided his
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