SURVEILLANCE VIDEO (unedited): Watch as Hero Thwarts L.A. Tan Robbery and Kills Gunman

The robber watches, gun in hand, as the clerk fumbles with the rope, surveillance footage released Tuesday night shows. Then a customer seizes the moment and saves the day.

Gary Amaya went into L.A. Tan in Orland Park Saturday night with a .38-caliber pistol in his pocket. Less than 10 minutes later, the rotund gunman was on the floor, beaten and shot.

Jason McDaniel told reporters that he decided on a whim to stop by the L.A. Tan, at 15633 S. 94th Ave., about 6:30 p.m. Amaya, 48, had already tied up the clerk. He ordered McDaniel, 29, to tie himself as well. Amaya then put the pistol down on a counter and bent over to pick up an item he dropped. McDaniel rushed Amaya with a good 10 feet between the two men and they struggled.

Within a minute, McDaniel grabbed the gun, struck Amaya in the head with it and fired. The clerk called 911 and tried to untie herself. Amaya was shot in his side, and died an hour later. Most of the struggle takes place off camera.

Police continue to investigate possible ties between Amaya and the "honeybee" killer, who went on a shooting spree in October.

Arne Asada December 15, 2010 at 10:16 AM
Bummer! All the fighting took place off-camera.
nicole December 15, 2010 at 02:44 PM
way to go jason!!!!!!!!!!!!! i have known him for 14 years i work with his grandfather...so proud of u jason!!!!!!!!!!
Shannon Antinori December 15, 2010 at 06:36 PM
This just gives me the chills. It does look eerily calm, which makes it even tougher to watch, in a way. Kudos to the L.A. Tan employee for keeping her cool in a terrifying situation, and to McDaniel for not hesitating when he saw his chance to be a hero. Amazing.
George Slefo December 16, 2010 at 01:27 AM
That's so powerful.
chris johnston December 18, 2010 at 05:44 PM
Next time you see him or his family, let them know Chris from high school has never been more proud of anyone before. His instincts, his read of the situation, his strength, and speed all made him the perfect person at the perfect time. God truly used him in this situation to stop a serial killer who had been terrorizing my neighborhood back in October. I hope his family is well.


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