UPDATE: Man Shot in Bensenville Sunday Has Died

Bensenville police are seeking information that will lead to the killer.

Aldo Blanco of Bensenville captured this photo of Sam's Tobacco and Food Sunday, just minutes after the shooting.
Aldo Blanco of Bensenville captured this photo of Sam's Tobacco and Food Sunday, just minutes after the shooting.

UPDATED 1 a.m. Jan. 20: The man shot during an armed robbery in Bensenville at around 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, was the store clerk at Sam's Tobacco and Food. He was taken to Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the Daily Herald is reporting.

A nearby resident who heard gunshots went to the store and captured the attached photos and video just minutes after the shooting. Aldo Blanco said he heard three shots. When he arrived, he said he saw the victim on the ground in front of the tobacco store.

"As I arrived, Bensenville PD was arriving, too," he said.

The shooter is at large. Bensenville police are asking anyone with information to call (630) 350-3455.


Original story, Jan. 19:

A dispatch report received at 6:57 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, stated police were on the scene of an armed robbery at Sam's Tobacco and Food, 235 W. Irving Park Road in Bensenville. 

The report also states that one person was shot. 

ABC News is reporting the Bensenville Fire Department has confirmed the shooting, and the person who was shot was taken to a hospital.

Additional information was not immediately available. 

Ken January 20, 2014 at 10:20 AM
Too close to Elmhurst. Unfortunately the scum is everywhere.
Mike Worrell January 20, 2014 at 11:08 AM
Lay this death at the feet of Illinois politicians who have made it nearly impossible for law-abiding citizens to arm themselves for self-defense. In many states the criminal would have been dead instead.
Mark C January 20, 2014 at 05:29 PM
I'm surprised they don't have more details on the offender, especially considering the time of day this took place. I hope they have more details than what's being reported, and they find this guy, lock him up and throw away the key.
Ercie Berwick January 21, 2014 at 12:15 AM
I live in Elmhurst. I seldom leave the house anymore. Who is to say I won't get shot at my local Jewel or Walgreen's or Panera's or wherever? Perhaps even at my local 24-million-dollar library. I have a sign on my front door and a sign on my back door: "Do not ring the bell or knock on the door unless you are expected." And, even so, I never go to either door unless I first peek out through the drape. This is no way to live, but society has left me no other choice because America is the most violent nation in the entire world! :(
Mike Worrell January 21, 2014 at 01:11 AM
We live in a very safe place. Crime is not spiraling out of control except in very particular places. It's good to be prepared to defend yourself in your home, and it's good to be aware of your surroundings when you're out, but there's no reason to live in fear. If Illinois' experience with legalized concealed carry is the same as other states, we will see a further reduction in crime. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/05/07/gun-crime-drops-but-americans-think-its-worse/2139421/
Ercie Berwick January 21, 2014 at 02:01 AM
I'm sure that clerk didn't expect to get shot and killed. I am sure he was not living in fear. As for me, I prefer to live in fear and trepidation in order to stay alive. The entire world has gone stark raving mad!
Mark C January 21, 2014 at 09:30 AM
Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. ~Dale Carnegie
Mark C January 21, 2014 at 09:36 AM
Remember Ercie, these crooks are the one's who should be living live in fear. They're the cowards, and have the whole community to fear. We will not sit and allow this to happen. When we see something suspicious we will call the police; when they think no one is around watching, there will be. Be safe, be warm, and be vigilant.
Faust January 21, 2014 at 02:53 PM
I'm hoping Elmhurst appoints a concerned citizen, who is otherwise unemployed, and has the time to poke around, to patrol our streets, looking for suspicious activity. The only answer to violence is to think like the criminal and flex your muscles (brain muscle preferred). We will not be victims to these lesser life forms who prey on the weak and take what is ours. Ill man the liquor store, who's taking the check cashing joints?
Ercie Berwick January 21, 2014 at 06:07 PM
I'm 88 years old and caring for my hubby who has dementia. I'll stay home and keep my doors and windows locked. How does that grab ya?
Mark C January 22, 2014 at 09:16 AM
Ercie, I hope you didn't take offense to my comments. Stay safe and warm. I'm sure through your life you've done more than your fair share of your civic duty. God bless you and your husband.
John Smith February 03, 2014 at 07:19 PM
I KNEW this clerk, he was a very nice guy. Sam will be missed. he texted me like 4 days before hand. :(
John Smith February 03, 2014 at 07:20 PM
It's amazing how you see this stuff on the news and dont bat an eye until you see someone you actually knew on it.


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