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Security guard killed, woman wounded at South Side Aldi

Chicago Police at the crime scene where two people were shot late Thursday evening inside a Aldi Food Store 9000 S. Halsted Street. November 10Th, 2011 I Scott Stewart~Sun-Times

A security guard was fatally shot and a woman was wounded in her leg Thursday night during a robbery at an Aldi grocery store on the South Side, officials said.

The two were shot at 7:27 p.m. in the store in the 9000 block of South Halsted, police said. Distraught relatives identified the guard as Reginald Lanier, 54, a father of one.

Lanier was shot in the head and chest as he struggled with one of two male robbers, officials said. The woman was shot as she tried to flee the store.

After the shootings, the armed robbers fled the store with an unknown amount of money, officials said.

When two female relatives of Lanier arrived at the scene, they wailed “No . . . God, No!”

Lanier had only worked at the store for three or four months, lost a nephew to gun violence last week and was worried about his safety at the store, said his brother-in-law, Horace Page Jr.

“Of course he was [worried about his safety], you know how it is out here,” said Page, a former Chicago Police officer who became an engineer to get away from street violence.

“They killed him, they killed him at work.”

Lanier had a 20-year-old daughter who is an honor student at Roosevelt University and he lived with his wife in Beverly, Page said.

Contributing: LeeAnn Shelton