4 people injured in Chicago-area shopping mall shooting | Crime-and-Courts


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OAK BROOK, Illinois – A shootout at a suburban Chicago shopping mall filled with Christmas shoppers left four people injured Thursday, police said.

The incident at Oakbrook Center in Oak Brook began with two men involved in a hallway shootout at around 5:45 p.m., Police Chief James Kruger said.

He said the injuries were not life threatening. It was initially believed that three people who had been shot were hit by ricocheting bullets, but Kruger later said they were directly hit. A fourth person injured his ankle while fleeing.






Oak Brook Mall was placed under lockdown after gunfire calls Thursday, December 23, 2021, in Oak Brook, Ill..


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One person was in custody and police were looking for another suspect, Kruger said.

“It’s just a very unfortunate incident that is not the case at all for our region,” said the chief.

The open-air mall is a major shopping destination about 15 miles west of Chicago. TV channels equipped with aerial cameras showed police cars and emergency vehicles spread across the property with their lights flashing.

Buyers interviewed as they were released said they hid in shops and locker rooms.

US Senator Dick Durbin spoke to the Senate on Monday, July 26, on gun violence in Chicago. “These are mass killings on a regular basis in this great city,” he said. “A lot of it is concentrated in parts of the city, but it’s starting to spread because it’s so easy for a person to get their hands on a gun in this city. “



Alex Gay, 23, said she was walking through the mall when she suddenly saw people running. She heard no gunshot.

“I’m rocked,” Gay told the Chicago Tribune. “It was scary, everyone was rushing out of the mall as the sirens sounded on the intercom saying, ‘Emergency’. Clear out. Seek shelter. ‘ I almost got stepped on.


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