ORLAND PARK, Ill. — A manhunt is underway for a 19-year-old man in connection with Monday’s deadly shooting at Orland Square Mall.
There is an warrant out for Jakharr Williams of south suburban University Park. Police said he should be considered armed and dangerous.
Williams is suspected of fatally shooting 18-year-old Javon Britten of Richton Park. He was shot near the mall food court and found near an escalator.
Britten was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he later died. He was a senior at Rich Central High School.
Deputy Police Chief Joseph Mitchell said a bystander, believed to be 19 or 20, suffered a graze wound to the leg and was being treated at another hospital.
Mitchell called the shooting an “isolated incident,” saying surveillance video shows the two people involved knew each other and that the victim was “targeted.”
Investigators said Williams was seen on surveillance video from the mall leaving right after the shooting, before police arrived. Police said Williams and Britten knew each other, but Britten’s family said they have no knowledge of that.
Britten’s mother said she’s heartbroken over the loss of her son.
Community activist Andrew Holmes is offering a $2,000 incentive for someone to turn the shooter in, no questions asked. The money would be paid upon Williams’ arrest.
Community Activist Eric Russell, who is a distant relative of the victim, is also offering safe passage to Williams if he wants to turn himself into police.
Police departments from several neighboring towns, as well as the FBI and ATF, responded to the mall about 20 miles southwest of Chicago.