CHICAGO (CBS) — A 22-year-old man was seriously wounded Friday afternoon in a shooting inside the Foot Locker store at Ford City Mall.
The victim was shopping in the Foot Locker near 76th and Cicero when someone walked in shortly before 1 p.m., when he got into an argument with another customer, who pulled out a gun and shot the man twice in each arm and twice in the lower back, according to police and Ford City Mall officials.READ MORE: 1 Dead, 2 Injured In I-57 Expressway Shooting Near 119th Street
A woman who works next door said about 15 people were in the store at the time.
“It was really close, My ears are still ringing right now. That’s how loud the shot was, and I’m just thanking God that he wasn’t pointing towards the wall, because a bullet could have came through the wall,” Latonya Reed said.
The victim took himself to Holy Cross Hospital, and later was transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital in serious condition.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Temperatures Climbing; Sunny Skies Ahead
Police said the gunman fled the scene through the rear parking lot, and was not in custody.
The Foot Locker remained closed Thursday afternoon following the shooting, with crime scene tape blocking off the store, and evidence markers scattered throughout.
In a statement, Namdar Realty Group, which owns Ford City Mall, said police cleared the mall to resume business after the shooting after determining there was no danger to the public, but some stores opted to close for the rest of the day:MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Weekend Warmup
“We do not take this matter lightly, and our focus now is on evaluating the current policies in place to ensure the appropriate steps are taken to prevent further incidents of this nature. Informed by the results of the Police Department’s investigation, we will work to identify any need for further security measures to bolster those already in place and will respond accordingly.”