ROSEMONT, Ill. — A man who was fatally shot in Rosemont Friday night has been identified, and police are now questioning a person of interest.
Joel Valdes, a 20-year-old from Skokie, was identified by the medical examiner’s office on Saturday. Valdes was one of two people shot at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago.
The shooting happened around 7:15 p.m. Friday near the food court, leading the mall to go into lockdown. When officers arrived, they said they found someone laying on the first floor with multiple gunshot wounds. He was later identified as Valdes.
A 15-year-old girl was found by officers inside a bathroom near the food court. She was shot near her wrist and grazed in the leg. She was hospitalized and has since been stabilized.
Initial reports said there may have been a possible third person who was shot, but police said no further shooting victims were discovered.
Rosemont police said the suspect was described as a man in his mid-20s with a mask covering his face. The man left the scene in a maroon 2008 Honda with other people. The car was later found out of town and the owner of the car was taken in for questioning and is considered a person of interest.
No additional people have been identified.
One witness described the frantic moments immediately following the shooting, making note of just how quickly things can change.
“As I walked by there was a stroller turned over, a little girl’s bottle just laying next to it. How quickly things can happen, it can go from zero to 60 and that’s what happened tonight,” Stringer Harris, a witness said..
Police said the shooting was an isolated, targeted incident.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at their tip line at 224-585-2865. The public can also reach out via the anonymous tip center by texting “TIP RPSD” along with your tip to the number 888-777.