A man was seriously injured after someone shot him inside Ford City Mall on Chicago's Southwest Side Friday afternoon, authorities said.
The shooting was reported in the 7600 block of South Cicero just before 1 p.m., officials said.
The victim, a 22-year-old man, and an unknown offender were shopping inside a Foot Locker store when the two became involved in an argument and the offender fired shots.
The victim was shot two times in each arm and twice in the lower back, authorities said. He was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, then transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital in serious condition.
No bystanders were injured, police said.
Police said the gunman fled the scene on foot and no one was in custody as of Friday afternoon.
An investigation remained ongoing, authorities said.
New York-based Namdar Realty Group, which owns and operates Ford City Mall, released the following statement in response to the shooting:
"The safety and security of our merchants, employees, and patrons has always been our number one priority. Unfortunately, an alarming, but isolated, incident took place at our mall today.
The Chicago Police Department is actively investigating a shooting that occurred inside our Foot Locker store. We have received reports that one of the individuals involved in the incident may have been injured but was not treated on property or taken to the hospital from the mall. As such, local law enforcement has cleared the mall to resume business –– though some retailers have decided to close for the remainder of the day –– and certified that there is no present or immediate danger to the public. As this is an active and ongoing investigation, no further information is available from our end at this time.
We do not take this matter lightly, and our focus now is on evaluating the current policies in place to ensure the appropriate steps are taken to prevent further incidents of this nature. Informed by the results of the Police Department's investigation, we will work to identify any need for further security measures to bolster those already in place and will respond accordingly."