A typical evening at Chicago’s Fashion Outlets turned into chaos on Friday as gunfire erupted, causing shoppers to panic and flee the building in fear for their safety.
Three people were injured in what police said was an isolated shooting in the suburban Rosemont shopping center, prompting a massive emergency response that included heavily armed officers and dozens of law enforcement vehicles.
A customer, Stringer Harris, said he was near the Prada store, talking on the phone, when he suddenly heard gunshots. Moments later, people started running and the sirens went off.
“Once that happened I kind of scanned the room or the mall or whatever to see what exactly was going on, who was shot if anyone was shot,” he said. he declares. “People were dropping things, just running.”
Another customer, Shaheen Ali, was shopping with her son and husband at the time. Just before the shots were fired, her husband went to the bathroom as she and her son walked into a store.
Moments later, she saw her panicked husband.
“All I see is him running and screaming, there’s a shooting and there’s like a group of over 50 people running behind him,” Ali said. “I just grabbed my son and ran.”
After the shooting, a reunification site was set up at the Murray Bros. restaurant. Caddyshack, 9546 Balmoral Ave., for anyone separated from family members. Those looking to find loved ones should go there, police said.