Crime

Gun shop co-owner released from hospital after shooting

By DUGAN ARNETT

The Kansas City Star

Police were on the scene of a shooting Friday outside of She's A Pistol, a firearms store at 5725 Nieman Rd., in Shawnee. Three people were shot and one woman was assaulted during an attempted robbery.
Police were on the scene of a shooting Friday outside of She's A Pistol, a firearms store at 5725 Nieman Rd., in Shawnee. Three people were shot and one woman was assaulted during an attempted robbery. The Kansas City Star

The female owner of a Shawnee gun shop was released from the hospital Saturday, less than 24 hours after a violent Friday afternoon robbery attempt that resulted in the death of her husband, a co-owner of the business.

Becky Bieker, who was struck in the face when four men entered her She’s A Pistol gun shop Friday, was released from Overland Park Regional, a hospital spokesman said Saturday. Two other individuals — teenagers suspected of being involved with the attempted robbery — remained at the hospital in fair condition.

Another individual was taken on Friday to the University of Kansas Hospital. His condition was unavailable Saturday.

The incident occurred about 2:10 p.m. Friday at the gun store near 57th Street and Nieman Road. Bieker’s 44-year-old husband, Jon, was killed after shooting broke out during the robbery attempt.

The couple married in March of 2009, according to public records, before opening the store, which caters to female gun owners.

Meanwhile Saturday, Shawnee police were working with authorities across the metro area to determine whether Friday’s robbery was connected to other crimes in the area — including a string of recent convenience store robberies in Kansas City, Kan.

“We are definitely looking at any possibility,” said Maj. Dan Tennis of the Shawnee Police Department. “We’ve got a lot of agencies involved, including our federal partners, and we’ll look at all that.”

No charges had been filed Saturday against the four suspects, all teenagers from Missouri. The Star is not publishing their names because charges have not been filed.

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