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Owner Dies, Three Wounded After Botched Robbery at Kansas Gun Shop

Officers investigate the scene after a shooting at She's a Pistol, LLC, a gun shop in Shawnee, Kan., Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. Police said three suspects and a business owner have been critically injured in a botched robbery at the Kansas City gun shop. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Tammy Ljungblad)

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Oliver Darcy.

SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) — A gun shop owner died from gunshot wounds Friday after a botched robbery that left three suspects wounded, police said.

Shawnee police said in a news release that John Bieker, 44, died after the shooting at the Shawnee store called She's a Pistol, which caters to female gun owners. Police said gunfire erupted after four men tried to rob Bieker and his wife, Rebecca.

Officers investigate the scene after a shooting at She's a Pistol, LLC, a gun shop in Shawnee, Kan., Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. Police said three suspects and a business owner have been critically injured in a botched robbery at the Kansas City gun shop. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Tammy Ljungblad)

Authorities said John Bieker and two of the suspects had been taken from the store in critical condition. Rebecca Bieker wasn't shot but sustained minor injuries.

Police said in a news release that the other two suspects, including one who had been shot, fled but were located a short time later on the porch of a nearby home. Johnson County MED-ACT spokeswoman Angela Fera said the injuries of the fourth shooting victim weren't considered life-threatening.

The uninjured suspect was being held on suspicion of aggravated robbery. The hospitalized suspects were under guard, police said.

The website for She's a Pistol describes the store as a "woman-owned personal protection and self-defense training, services, and supplies company."

A phone call to the store rang to voicemail Friday afternoon during business hours.

Featured image via Shutterstock.

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