A 19-year-old man was fatally shot in an Orland Park mall Monday night and his shooter was still at large, police said. A bystander was also wounded.
Police and emergency responders swarmed Orland Square Mall in Orland Park about 6:45 p.m. The victim was shot near a food court, ran down an escalator and collapsed outside an H&M clothing store, Orland Park Deputy Police Chief Joseph Mitchell said.
Mitchell later said an innocent bystander suffered a graze wound during the gunfire and took themselves to a hospital in La Grange.
The shooter, who police believe knew his victim, left the mall and fled eastbound on foot, Mitchell said. He is described as a black man, 6'' 1' in black clothing and blue jeans, Mitchell said.
Multiple police agencies assisted in the clearing of the mall.
At least one twitter user at the shopping center, located at 288 Orland Square Drive, described a scene of people running and police cars arriving.
Mitchell said there were “numerous casings” in the food court area where the victim was shot in the chest.
“This mall is one of the safest malls in the Chicagoland area,” he said. “And I want to reassure (mall visitors) them that we are gonna use every resource available to find and arrest this individual who’s responsible for this case.”
Mitchell was unable to confirm if a second person had been shot at the mall.
No other information was immediately available.