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Shooting Near Nordstrom Sees Multiple People Gunned Down Inside Mall

Newsweek logo Newsweek 12/24/2021 Matthew Impelli
At least three victims sustained gunshot wounds following a shooting incident near a Nordstrom store in an Illinois mall. Above, a police cruiser in the parking lot of Oakbrook Mall on December 23, 2021 in Oak Brook, Illinois. © Jim Vondruska/Getty At least three victims sustained gunshot wounds following a shooting incident near a Nordstrom store in an Illinois mall. Above, a police cruiser in the parking lot of Oakbrook Mall on December 23, 2021 in Oak Brook, Illinois.

A shooting near a Nordstrom in an Illinois mall saw multiple people gunned down on Thursday night.

The Oak Brook Police Department said in a press release that the incident occurred at about 5:44 p.m. local time "on the second floor in the Nordstrom wing, near Ann Taylor at Oakbrook Center."

Police said that while inside the mall, two suspects and a third "companion" were involved in a confrontation, which resulted in an exchange of gunfire. An Oak Brook police officer was working a security detail in the Nordstrom when the gunfire began and immediately responded to the scene.

According to police, one of the suspects was hit by four gunshots to the legs and back. The suspect that was shot was described by police as a male in his 40s. Three victims also suffered gunshot wounds, including two females in their 40s shot in the leg and one female in her 20s shot in the foot. A third female in her 20s suffered an ankle injury while attempting to run from the gunfire, police said.

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"The gunshot victims are at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, while the female with the fractured ankle is at Elmhurst Hospital," the Oak Brook Police Department said in the release.

Police immediately rendered aid to the suspect that was shot four times and transported him to a hospital. According to police, the suspect underwent surgery and is expected to survive.

"All the other injuries are currently nonlife-threatening," police said.

In a statement sent to Newsweek, a spokesperson for the Oak Brook Police Department said that the mall will be open on Friday with a heavy police presence. The spokesperson also noted that they are actively working with the state attorney's office regarding charges.

While speaking with WLS-TV in Chicago, Camila Reyes, who was shopping at the mall at the time of the incident, said, "It was crazy."

"It was a lot of shooting. It was a lot of shooting, it was so loud. I was in Nordstrom, but I ran. I was getting out of the store and just ran to another store," Reyes said.

Another shopper told NBC Chicago: "For a second, I thought, 'There is no way this is actually happening.' I thought they were fireworks or something."

In addition to the suspect that was shot, the "companion" was taken into custody. A third suspect remains at large and is described by police as a "black male with long dark dreadlocks who appears in his 30s, medium build, and height."

The Oak Brook Police Department posted a picture of the third suspect on its Facebook page and is asking the public's help identifying him.

Police also recovered two firearms from the scene as well as a vehicle that was registered to one of the suspects.

"Police secured the mall at approximately 11:55 pm and turned it back to mall management. The investigation and forensic evidence work are ongoing," the release said.

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