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JUST days before the Christmas holiday Oakbrook Center in Illinois faced an alleged ‘active shooter.’
On December 23, 2021 a Chicago-area police scanner monitoring account reported an active shooter incident at the mall located in Oak Brooke, a Chicago suburb.
Police respond to reports of an active shooter at the Oakbrook Center in IllinoisCredit: ABC7
Was there a shooting at the Oakbrook Center?
Two people were shot outside of the shopping area at around 6pm CST, according to Twitter.
“ACTIVE SHOOTER INCIDENT, 100 Oakbrook Center at Oak Brook Mall. 2 People Shot so far, EMS Box Alarm requested by FD. #SuburbanScanner”
At 6.05pm they tweeted that the SWAT was on route to the scene.
Police have not announced whether the incident was in fact shooting as reported, or how many people, if any, have been injured.
What have people said about the alleged shooting?
Several people took to Twitter to report on the circumstances inside the mall.
One user tweeted at 6.57pm CT that the mall was having customers sit on the ground.
“My cousin said they got them sitting on the ground at Nordstrom at oakbrook and can’t nobody leave smh,” the user reported.
Journalist Vi Nguyen of NBC Chicago tweeted a video of the situation outside the mall at 6.58pm CT.
“Situation now outside Nordstroms at Oakbrook Mall. @nbcchicago,” the reporter tweeted.
The tweet included a video of what appeared to be SWAT trucks with lights flashing.
Nguyen also reported that the mall was on a lockdown prior to posting the video.
ABC7 shared an image of the situation happening at the Oakbrook CenterCredit: ABC7
What have police said about the situation at the Oakbrook Center?
Police officials have not yet made an official statement regarding the alleged shooting at the shopping center on Thursday evening.
A witness also told ABC7 that the shooting resulted from an argument that broke out within the shopping mall.
According to bystanders one man had a confrontation with four others.
A single individual allegedly pulled out a gun and shot; it is not clear if the people shot were all involved in the confrontation or if any bystanders were injured.
ABC7 Chicago reports that there a total of four gun shot victims, one is being treated for a twisted ankle.
According to their reports there were two suspects known to each other who shot at each other.
The other victims were injured by ricochet gunfire.
One suspect is currently in custody reports say.
Police have confirmed that at least three people have been injured by ricochet gunfire.
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