Shooting Investigation: Shots Fired at North Riverside Mall; At Least One Wounded Near JC Penney in North Riverside


North Riverside Park Mall is shut down Sunday evening after someone opened fire inside the mall, shooting at least one person while hundreds ran for safety (WGN News).

Police and firefighter/paramedics from North Riverside responded about 12:25 p.m. Sunday June 21, 2020 to a report of shots fired inside the North Riverside Mall, and next that a person was shot.

At least one injured victim was reported to be located near Entrance 5 near the JC Penney store. The shooting may have occurred near Kicks shoes near the lower level of JC Penney

An initial suspect description alert announced two male/black offenders wearing white T-shirts. The suspects were also described as one with light complexion and one with dark complexion, and armed. The suspects were reported to be heading north inside the mall, and then were reported to be outside the mall by 12:40 p.m.

Early in the incident there was police activity at the Old Navy store. Police early in the incident were also investigating a report of a possible barricaded subject. The interior was declared clear by about 12:50 p.m.

Area suburban police departments are assisting North Riverside Police Department. The situation was secured by about 12:55 p.m. Initially there was no confirmation whether any suspects were in custody.

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The mall was locked down and a search was conducted throughout the mall. Initially there was no notification about whether the mall would reopen Sunday. Shoppers arriving at the mall Sunday afternoon were being turned away by police and security at the doors.

Investigators from the west suburban Major Case Assistance Team (MCAT) were notified to assist the North Riverside Police Department.

The information in this article is an early report published before any summary information was confirmed or released by police or fire authorities.


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