North Riverside police are reporting that one person was shot inside North Riverside Park Mall at about 3:15 p.m. on Sept. 25 and that they have two men in custody, one of whom they believe is the shooter.
According to North Riverside Police Chief Carlos Garcia, the shooting happened on the upper-level common area of the mall near the former Sears store. Garcia said the preliminary investigation indicated that the incident was domestic in nature, involving an ex-boyfriend/girlfriend situation.
The victim suffered two non-life-threatening gunshot wounds to his lower extremities, said Garcia, and that he was conscious and alert when paramedics transported him to the hospital.
Police stopped a vehicle near the intersection of Harlem Avenue and 16th Street in Berwyn and detained two men, one of whom Garcia said is believed to be the shooter.
The mall has been closed as police process the crime scene, Garcia said, but the area is secure.
“No one is in danger,” said Garcia. “It was an isolated incident.”
It’s the third shooting at North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, in the past four months.
The first was May 31, when a 22-year-old man was shot to death near Olive Garden outside the mall during a looting spree that was part of the national civil unrest following the death of George Floyd.
On June 21, a man in his 20s who police said was targeted was shot on the lower level of the mall, near J.C. Penney. That victim survived.
In the wake of that incident, mall officials beefed up the number of security guards and off-duty police officers patrolling inside and outside the shopping center.
Police continue to investigate both the May 31 and June 21 shootings.