Owner dies after shootings at suburban Kansas City gun shop

Gun Shop Shooting
She's a Pistol (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Gun Shop Shooting
A Law enforcement officer guards the scene of a shooting at She’s a Pistol (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

SHAWNEE, Kansas (AP) – A gun shop owner in suburban Kansas City has died from gunshot wounds after a botched robbery that left three suspects wounded.

Shawnee, Kansas, police said in a news release that 44-year-old John Bieker died Friday after the shooting at the shop called She’s a Pistol. His wife, the co-owner, wasn’t shot but sustained minor injuries.

Four men entered the gunshop and tried to rob the husband and wife owners, said Maj. Dan Tennis. Three of the robbers were shot, and two of them were critically injured. Police said the male store owner also was critically wounded, and his wife wasn’t shot but sustained minor injuries.

When police arrived, two of the suspects and the owners were inside the business. Police said in a news release that the other two suspects, including one who had been shot, fled but were located a short time later on the porch of a nearby home. Johnson County MED-ACT spokeswoman Angela Fera said the injuries of the fourth shooting victim weren’t considered life-threatening.

The uninjured suspect was being held on suspicion of aggravated robbery.

The website for She’s a Pistol describes the store as a “woman-owned personal protection and self-defense training, services, and supplies company.”

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