4 people injured in Chicago-area shopping mall shooting | Crime-and-Courts
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.
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.
Alex Gay, 23, said she was walking through the mall when she suddenly saw people running. She heard no gunshot.
âI’m rocked,â Gay told the Chicago Tribune. âIt 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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