Orland Square Shooter to Victim: "Do As I Tell You"

Orland Park officers are searching the entire mall for a woman who attempted to rob a shopper returning to her car, police said.

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and the Cook County Sheriff’s Office have surrounded Orland Square Mall looking for a woman who fled into JCPenney after a parking-lot shooting.

"We'll be searching for the next couple hours to secure the mall," Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy said shortly before 11 p.m. Friday.

The woman, described as a black woman with shoulder-length brown hair, fled into the mall after trying to rob a customer in the lower-level lot by the JCPenney at about 8:55 p.m., McCarthy said.

"Do as I tell you," she told the customer, a 67-year-old woman, according to police.

She shot the victim in the right arm before fleeing into the mall.

"People who heard the noise and commotion took the (victim) inside," McCarthy said.

The victim, a white female, was taken to Silver Cross Hospital where she is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, McCarthy said.

As a Cook County Sheriff's Department helicopter patrolled the skies outside the popular Orland Park mall, police questioned employees by the entrances as officers and K9 unit dogs went store-by-store inside. McCarthy said the woman was not found in JCPenney, but it was not known whether she fled into the main mall area or out another door after the shooting.

Police are reviewing video from various sources within the mall, McCarthy said.

The suspect was wearing a white hat, a long-sleeved white coat or hoodie over a purple shirt, dark jeans and white shoes, McCarthy said. She was carrying a handbag.

It was unknown as of 11 p.m. what type of gun was used; no casings were found.

Anyone having any information on this crime is asked to contact the at 708-349-4111.

This story will be updated as it develops.

Updated at 1:40 a.m. Sept. 10 with victim's age, police number to call and suspect's statements to the victim. Updated at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 10 with link to update story.

Natalie September 12, 2011 at 11:45 PM
That would be a dream come true .... hopefully they catch this filthy coward!
Natalie September 12, 2011 at 11:51 PM
white, black, arab ... they come in all forms, it is those who have been raised to take from those who work hard so these cowards don't have to. Your white neighbors may be just like that, heck one of your white elected official is just like that. It's not a race anymore, it's the individual who obviously was raised poorly. (no pun intended)
Kyle September 13, 2011 at 02:13 AM
nick September 13, 2011 at 05:58 PM
Word to the wise "In my opinion living in orland park is a very dull way to live life. Duller than most suburbs even" I guess you would be happier with Orland Park if it had diversity like: crack heads, gang bangers, homeless people pushing shopping carts, wino's laying in the gutter with a bottle in a brown paper sack, lots of garbage in the streets, broken bottles everywhere, lots of boarded up houses,unpainted houses, junked cars sitting in vacant lots, drug dealers on every other corner, prostitutes walking the streets, lots of store front church's, rapist & purse snatchers hiding in the bushes, beggars and panhandlers blocking the sidewalks. The DULL people of Orland Park don't know what they are missing!
meredith September 13, 2011 at 10:46 PM
Here's my idea of gun control - use BOTH hands.


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