CHICAGO — Police in Orland Park identified the suspected gunman they say shot and killed an 18-year-old Richton Park man inside Orland Square Mall southwest of Chicago.
Police said that there is a manhunt underway for 19-year-old Jakharr Williams of University Park, who they said “should be considered armed and dangerous” and that he has an active parole warrant.
The shooting took place near the mall’s food court and the victim was identified as Javon Britten. Police described the shooting as an “isolated incident.” Another person in the mall suffered a graze wound during the shooting, police said.
Police said that Britten and Williams knew each other.
Rich Central High School in Olympia Fields, where Britten was a senior, released a statement on his death Tuesday. Principal Todd Whitaker said the school’s crisis response team would provide support to students and staff in need, and asked parents to watch their teens closely for signs of distress over the next several days.
Alicia Evans, an assistant superintendent with Rich Township High School District 227, said she could not provide any additional information about Britten and that the district would not comment further on his death.
“While it is important to deal with grief, loss, anger and fear reactions, we believe it is essential to attempt to resume a normal routine regarding school activities,” the school’s statement said.
Police responded to a Monday evening call of shots fired near the food court of the mall and Britten was found near an escalator near H&M, police said. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died. Another victim also was taken to Christ hospital. Police did not provide additional information about that victim.
In a message Tuesday, Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau said he and village trustees were offering their “condolences and good wishes to the victims and their families” and praised first-responders for their actions.
Police said Britten was shot several times but did not offer a motive for the shooting.
According to Illinois Department of Corrections records, Williams was on parole as of last June after a robbery conviction, with his parole due to end in June 2020. He was admitted to Shawnee Correctional Center in Vienna in June 2017.