CHICAGO — A 22-year-old man is in serious condition after a shooting Friday afternoon inside Ford City Mall.
Chicago police said officers responded to the mall, located at 76th Street and South Cicero Avenue, around 1 p.m. for reports of a shooting.
Police said a 22-year-old man was shopping when an a verbal argument ensued with another man. Police said the suspect then pulled out a handgun and shot the man multiple times.
The shooting happened inside a foot locker store.
The man was shot in each arm and twice in the lower back. He was transported to Mt. Sinai in serious condition and the suspect fled on foot.
Police said the suspect fled through the rear parking lot and is not in custody.
No known injuries to bystanders reported at this time, according to police. Many of the stores in the mall have shut down for the day.
The ownership group that owns the mall sent in the following statement.
“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.”
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