We saw a shooting turn deadly in California after the smash and grab robberies that have been happening in some Democratic cities, killing a former officer who was defending a news crew from being robbed after they went to cover a smash and grab story. Now, violence may have happened again, this time in Oakbrook Center Mall in Oak Brook, Illinois, which is a suburb near Chicago.
There’s been a shooting at that mall that has injured four people, according to the police. One person is in custody after the mall was locked down during the shooting.
Shooting at Oakbrook Center shopping mall at 100 Oakbrook Center in Oak Brook, IL.
Oakbrook Police say 4 people were shot and the suspect is in custody. pic.twitter.com/tKqgwNLUyT
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DuPage County board member Pete DiCianni said he was nearby and was told the shooting happened outside the Nordstrom store, a frequent target of smash and grabs. The mall was crowded with last-minute Christmas shoppers.
The mall has been hit by smash and grabs in the past, and the Nordstrom has been hit before, including on Dec. 6 where it was hit twice in one day.
Editor’s Note/UPDATE [9:15 pm EST], 12/23/21: At a press conference that began at 9 p.m. Eastern time, the village of Oak Brook’s Police Chief James Kruger said that the gunfire began around 5:44 p.m. local time, in a corridor between the Ann Taylor and Nordstrom stores at Oakbrook Center mall this evening. A shoot-out began there between two men.
As Kruger said, “Two subjects were engaged in gunfire with each other,” then attempted to flee the area through the Nordstrom. He added that “there may be an additional offender” cached in the mall, but officers are sweeping the complex to be sure.
Kruger confirmed to the media that, thankfully, all four injuries were non-life threatening. The individuals were taken to hospitals, and one of those injured might have been one of the shooting suspects. Approximately 100 law enforcement personnel are on-scene.
As this is breaking news, RedState will provide updates as they become available.