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.

It's me... September 11, 2011 at 01:28 PM
People that qualify for Link don't qualify instantly for a cell phone. Not sure where that is coming from. And, don't be so quick to judge people that need to use their Link cards these days, you don't know their situation. When the economy is bad and both head of the house hold loose their jobs, where are they to turn? Robbing and stealing, or assistance from the state? Some people only qualify for food stamps and not money. And if that person had that credit, that person may be shopping wisely. It adds up monthly. Walk a mile in someones shoes before assuming.
So There September 11, 2011 at 01:31 PM
All of you spelling/grammar police kill me. Get a freaking life. Thinking you have the right to correct someone must feed your enormous egos. Gee, hope I used the correct spelling and punctuation! God forbid!
sells September 11, 2011 at 01:41 PM
If a white girl had shot a minority, they would be screaming "hate crime". So, since a minority shot a white, is THIS being called a "hate crime"?
Paul Dailing September 11, 2011 at 02:45 PM
Just want to point out that one of the victims of Gary Amaya, "the Honeybee Killer," (the man who was killed during an armed robbery attempt in Orland Park) was a minority (Hispanic). No one cried hate crime.
EMM September 11, 2011 at 02:54 PM
Wow, I am truly sad by all the racists comments. I was always taught that there is one race, the human race. Everybody is pink on the inside and we all bleed red. While I am upset about what happened, especially since I left JCP about 20 minutes before this happened I am not ready to throw all people of color under the bus. Unemployment, the economy and lack of education as well as poverty plays a big role in our society regardless if you wish to admit it or not. I am proud to be an American and I embrace all people, this is 2011 and I am truly ashamed that so may of you don't care about your country, but only care about your race, how sad for you.
Paul Dailing September 11, 2011 at 03:04 PM
Nick, like I said, where I think you're wrong is assuming it's BECAUSE they're black. There are a lot more accurate statistical indicators of crime (income, education, etc.) They: A. Are more prevalent in the black community. B. Take a little more work to see than looking at a person's skin color. You and I can go back and forth on this forever, but as I see it the disagreement is that you look at those statistics and don't see any other possible connection between them than one causing the other. You seem too smart to take the simple way out like that. But like I said, you and I could go back and forth forever on this, so unless you reply with something that really gets my goat, I'm bowing out. Good luck in life. The world is complicated and I sometimes envy people who don't have to see how complicated it is.
Dan Lambert (Editor) September 11, 2011 at 03:13 PM
Tony, the TCF Bank robber was arrested and charged back in June: http://patch.com/A-jN3h
Nicolaus September 11, 2011 at 03:27 PM
I never understand the racist hatred that whites have towards blacks. Instead of coming together to solve real social economic issues that leads to this sort of crime. We continue to go down the path of ignorance and racial feuding about how blacks are the problem. Whenever I here blacks complaining it is about real social issues that they are facing. Like the black unemployment rate in the mid teens. If you factor in all the blacks who are collecting welfare and unemployment benefits, and blacks who are underemployed working for minimal wage. The real black unemployment rate is much higher than that. somewhere around 40 percent. Considering that blacks have bore the brunt of poverty in this country since being brought here as slaves. Why don't we discuss how to bring the black unemployment rate down? Making blacks a part of our countries economic system. Until america makes these sort of commitments we aren't going to see a change in the dynamics.
EMM September 11, 2011 at 04:01 PM
black bastards September 11, 2011 at 04:09 PM
can someone tell me the last time a white person went in a black hood and stuck them up ?
So There September 11, 2011 at 04:20 PM
I love all the "we are so kind and tolerant of the races". BS. None of you want to live next door to the "races" or have them over for a BBQ. So you can talk all you want about tolerance and not being racist. Actions speak louder than words!!
Arthur Huff September 11, 2011 at 04:22 PM
Why doesn't someone use the Freedom of Information Act to obtain copies of all criminal incidents at Orland Square Mall? At least then people can use real numbers instead of assumptions.
Arthur Huff September 11, 2011 at 04:25 PM
At one point does someone's "real social economic issue" permit them to break the law? At one point does one conclude that the only way to survive is to come to Orland Park and use a gun to take someone else's possessions?
Susan September 11, 2011 at 04:35 PM
Liberalism is a Mental Disorder.
OrlandBorn&Raised September 11, 2011 at 04:41 PM
To Frank: You consider the comment above calling people names and using hyperbole a good comment? It adds nothing to the conversation. It makes no point. It is meant to incite. Teleprompter response? Weird choice of words. While you might think my common sense is lacking, my common courtesy is not. Unlike many posters here, I have not personally attacked anyone.
Shabootie September 11, 2011 at 05:37 PM
I grew up in your hood too. My husband's best friend's father was shot and killed in the early 80s by a black teen (who only got 5 YEARS!) and he was from Englewood. But you know, where are you going to shop in Tinley? Frankfort? That is no better. Poor + gangbang/lower class thinking + stereotype = bang bang
Paul Dailing September 11, 2011 at 07:07 PM
Today is the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, a day when Americans of all races, beliefs and economic levels came together as one nation. In honor of that day and in honor of that unity, please don't commemorate it by profane and hateful rants. This comment thread can and will be closed if the conversation has extended beyond its usefulness to this community. Paul Dailing
Dennis Robaugh (Editor) September 11, 2011 at 09:18 PM
I echo Paul's comments here regarding the tone and tenor of these comments. While many have bantered back and forth with passion, pointed comments and facts on this serious issue, we've had to delete several comments for their shameful profanity and offensiveness. On this of all days, Patriot Day, enacted by Congress and the President just a few months after 9/11. One of the presidential proclamations reads: "The Americans we lost came from every color, faith, and station. They were cherished family members, friends, and fellow citizens, and we will never forget them. Yet, against the horrific backdrop of these events, the American people revealed the innate resilience and compassion that marks our Nation. ... "In the wake of loss and uncertainty, Americans from every corner of our country joined together to demonstrate the unparalleled human capacity for good." Patch h as profiled many brave and compassionate people in recent days who exemplify the American spirit. You can find their stories here: http://orlandpark.patch.com/articles/patchs-911-tenth-anniversary-guide If you'd like to return to the story about this serious crime in Orland Park and offer more comments, please keep it civil. Otherwise, your user account will be suspended and we will close this forum. Dennis Robaugh regional editor, Chicago
nick September 11, 2011 at 10:29 PM
Nicolaus: I never understand the racist hatred that blacks have towards whites! Ever since the Mid-1960 millions & millions of dollars have been spent on blacks in the U.S. And yet many blacks still have an extreme hatred for white people. Recently there have been many FLASH MOB attacks against whites in Chicago, Milwaukee and Philadelphia (Philadelphia has been under a curfew for most of the summer). Hopefully in the future blacks will make a commitments to: study hard, finish school, don't commit crimes, stop collecting government handouts, make an effort to get off of welfare, don't produce children that you can't provide for. If Dr. King were alive today he would be shocked by the disintegration of the black family. 85% illegitimate child births. There are too many baby momma's with 6 kids from 6 different baby daddies.
OakLawnGuy September 11, 2011 at 11:49 PM
White flight/white fright is, unfortunately, alive and kicking in the SW suburbs.
Word to the wise September 12, 2011 at 03:14 AM
I always find it odd that when walking around a diverse chicago northside neighborhood like rogers park. You can have different races and people of different nationalities sharing the same area. Blacks, whites, christians, jews, muslims, etc. I see both white and black women walking around the streets alone at night with no problem. The same thing in hyde park, bucktown, wicker park, logan square, and many other chicago neighborhoods. Why is it that the racial paranoia and tension from residents is so high in a suburb like orland park. A boring middle income suburb that has less than a 1 percent black population. Mostly because blacks have no interest at all in moving to orland park. Even a lot of white people these days don't want to live in an all white far flung suburb like orland park. Why would race relations even be a problem in orland park as there aren't many blacks even living there? Even nearby wealthy Frankfort has way more blacks than orland park. And Frankfort is much more desirable. In my opinion living in orland park is a very dull way to live life. Duller than most suburbs even. If I had to live in a suburb, it would be one with racial diversity like oak park or evanston. This type of mindset is why I made the decision to raise my kids in the city.
frank September 12, 2011 at 03:17 AM
Your machine is broken. How many times are you going to be sending the same update?
Jodi September 12, 2011 at 03:35 AM
@Word to the Wise.....No need to categorize, stereotype or whatever you want to call it--the people of Orland Park. It may not be as diverse as many other suburbs, but it is more diverse than you know. On my block alone, there is a family from Germany, one from the Philippines, a Jewish family, a family from Syria, a family of African descent, a family who moved here from Ecuador and another who moved here from Jordan. Our block gets along just fine. As for you say you see people of all nationalities sharing the same areas in the city. Yes they do. But there is a lot of crime out in those areas, too. Most recently.....young, white males were the targets. Some of the incidents made the news--the ones where the victims were brutally beaten "for being white." The others that didn't make the news...I knew of them because of people I know who live there. So......spare me your righteousness.......something tells me you don't live in the city anyway. Because if you did...you wouldn't be reading the Mokena newspaper. Something tells me you already do live in Frankfort. Am I right? :)
Elizabeth September 12, 2011 at 05:01 AM
Speaking as a resident from Orland Park, I do believe the people here are too quick to judge. And to make this sound the least bit conceited, I do tend to have a more unique style and I wear lots of pretty dresses; and God forbid I wear it out to the mall or Marcus Theaters everybody stares. Like "oh I'm sorry I have a sense of fashion". The other day I hear a lady say to me in the middle of Target "oh I bet she's just trying to gain attention in that outfit". So even though that is just one little person who was too quick to judge, she represents a whole lot of people in Orland Park. I'll admit that I am the same way; if I see a black man walking down the sidewalk in my subdivision, I'm GOING to think he's up to something. Just a natural human reaction. But in Orland Park, judgements are taken way too far.
Ben Feldheim (Editor) September 12, 2011 at 05:41 AM
Frank we've talked about this before. If you don't want to receive email updates for comments, you need to uncheck the box that says "send me email updates for this article" in the comment field.
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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