SHAWNEE, Kan. – Business owners in Shawnee, Kan. have band together to host a candlelight vigil to demonstrate their support for the shop owner of She’s A Pistol.
The vigil will be held to show support for the shop’s owner, Becky Bieker, whose husband was killed during the store's Jan. 9 robbery that ended in a shootout.
The vigil will start at 7 p.m. Thursday in front of the gun shop.
Business owners in the area have said they are curious how the violent crime will affect their business.
One business owner has even threatened to move his business out of the community if She’s A Pistol reopens. Others have said the shooting is even more of a reason to remain united as a group.
“With the gun shop my wife always said a few things about maybe being scared a little bit, and not just the gun shop itself, but something could happen. But it could happen anywhere,” Gene Hugunin of Mission Plumbing Heating and Cooling said. “I mean, people go down I-70 now and get shot, so it can happen anywhere, but we hope they can regroup and come back in the neighborhood.”
Two suspects from the fatal shooting are in police custody and face charges of first-degree murder. The other two suspects are still being treated for injuries that occurred during the shootout.