Chicago mall shooting leaves one dead, two injured


ROSEMONT, Ill. — A shooting at a suburban Chicago mall left one dead and two others, including a teenage girl, injured as shoppers ran for cover, police said.

A person of interest has been taken into custody following Friday night’s shooting at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont, a village just northwest of the city, Rosemont police said. Police did not release the motive for the shooting which occurred just after 7 p.m. near the mall’s indoor food court, but said it was an ‘isolated incident’ and maybe from a targeted attack.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the deceased man as 20-year-old Joel Valdes.

A 15-year-old girl who was shot in the right wrist was in stable condition, Sgt. Joe Balogh from the Rosemont Public Security Department.

The third person who was shot fled or “escaped,” Rosemont spokesman Gary Mack told the Chicago Tribune.

Balogh said while two assailants fled in a red car, authorities evacuated and searched the mall.

Luis Elijio said he and his family, including his 5-month-old daughter, were shopping at a store in the mall when a woman opened the store doors and shouted, “They’re shooting!” An employee locked the doors and those inside retreated to the back of the store, Elijio said.

“And right after that I heard what sounded like an automatic weapon,” he said as he recovered with his family in the lobby of the nearby Crowne Plaza hotel.

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