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Walgreens customer accused of shoplifting fatally shot by man claiming to be cop: Report

A woman in Illinois was fatally shot Wednesday night at a Walgreens after a manager had accused her of shoplifting, according to police.

KTRK reported that an unidentified customer intervened as the manager confronted the woman and shot her in the head. The man reportedly fled the Chicago store in an SUV and hasn’t been taken into custody.

Prior to the shooting, the man and woman had gotten into a verbal altercation that turned physical, according to WMAW.

The woman, whose identity hasn’t been released, was pronounced dead at a local hospital. WBBM reported that she was in her 30s.

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Citing unsubstantiated police scanner communications, the news station reported that bystanders believed the man was a Walgreens security guard while other witnesses said the man asserted he was a Chicago police officer. However, an employee reportedly told police that Walgreens doesn’t have a security guard.

Police told WBBM that they are close to identifying the gunman, who they said is not a police officer and is clearly spotted in surveillance footage.

According to the Chicago Tribune, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said, “We have no records of any officers doing secondary employment at that location.”

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