Tiroteo en centro comercial en EEUU deja 4 heridos / le Injured After Shooting at Chicago-Area Mall

WASHINGTON.- Al menos cuatro personas resultaron heridas en un presunto intercambio de disparos en un centro comercial en la localidad de Oak Brook (Illinois, EE.UU.), que obligó al cierre de un centro comercial en donde al menos dos personas fueron detenidas, informó la Policía.

Un portavoz de la Policía de Oak Brook confirmó a Efe que en el incidente, del que no suministró detalles, cuatro personas sufrieron heridas.

Además, indicó que los agentes están inspeccionando el lugar para asegurarse de que no haya más atacantes o víctimas.

Señaló que al menos dos presuntos sospechosos estaban bajo custodia de las autoridades.

Un oficial de la Policía dijo a la cadena Fox que el incidente se originó cuando dos personas que se conocían se dispararon entre sí, y que «posiblemente» tres transeúntes fueron alcanzados directa o indirectamente por las balas.

Confirmó que las cuatro personas lesionadas fueron trasladadas a un hospital de la zona y que las heridas no ponen en riesgo sus vidas.

El tiroteo se presume tuvo lugar en uno de los pasillo del centro comercial, donde se puso en marcha un fuerte operativo para inspeccionar «tienda por tienda», agregó el funcionario policial.

EFE

4 People Injured After Shooting at Chicago-Area Mall

Police say a shooting occurred at a mall full of Christmas shoppers in suburban Chicago, injuring four people.

By Associated Press

OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) — A shooting at a suburban Chicago mall full of Christmas shoppers left four people injured Thursday, police said.

The incident at Oakbrook Center in Oak Brook began with two males involved in a shootout in a corridor around 5:45 p.m., police Chief James Kruger said.

He said the injuries were not life-threatening. Three people who were shot were initially believed to have been hit by ricocheting bullets, but Kruger later said they were directly struck. A fourth person suffered an ankle injury while running away.

One person was in custody, and police were looking for another suspect, Kruger said.

“This is just a very unfortunate incident that is completely out of character for our area,” the chief said.
The outdoor mall is a major shopping destination about 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of Chicago. TV stations with aerial cameras showed police cars and emergency vehicles spread across the property with their lights flashing.

Shoppers who were interviewed as they were gradually released said they took cover in stores and dressing rooms.

Alex Gay, 23, said she was walking in the mall when she suddenly saw people running. She didn’t hear any gunshots.

“I’m shook up,” Gay told the Chicago Tribune. “It was scary everyone was sprinting out of the mall as sirens went over intercom saying, ‘Emergency. Evacuate. Seek shelter.’ I almost got trampled.”