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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.