Community Mourns Store Employee Killed by Shoplifter

Witnesses said manager Jquinn McCune, 30, confronted a shoplifter who then fatally shot him in the chest before fleeing

A community is in mourning after the manager of a store on Chicago's South Side was shot and killed by a shoplifter Tuesday evening. 

30-year-old Jquinn McCune was working at the Family Dollar in the 7900 block of S Ashland in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood at approximately 5 p.m. Tuesday when he saw someone stealing, police said. 

He confronted the man, according to police, who pulled out a gun and shot him in the chest. McCune was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he later died, according to police. 

Friends and regulars at the store called him 'Q,' and said he was a nice man who always tried to do the right thing.

"He's a good guy, very good guy," said customer Arbella Roberson, who saw the shooting unfold. "He wanted to save the store's merchandise and he ran out and got shot in the chest."

McCune had moved to Chicago from Flint, Michigan, but a friend told NBC 5 he was concerned about violence, with plans to leave Chicago. 

"He literally told me yesterday, he said, 'Man I have to move. The city is getting so bad I have to move to the suburbs,'" said friend Derrick Willingham. 

"It's very sad that he had to go through that and lost his life," said customer Dorothy Taylor, telling NBC 5 that McCune has two children. "It was just a very bad situation."

On Wednesday, the Family Dollar store remained closed as employees, customers, friends and neighbors grieved their loss. 

No one is in custody, police said, and the investigation is ongoing. 

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