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Man Shot During Attempted Robbery at Oak Brook Mall Sunday

A security guard shot one of the suspects, and two more were still at large Sunday evening, according to media reports. Here's what happened.

Police gather outside an entrance to Lord and Taylor at the Oakbrook Center Mall after a man was shot during an attempted robbery June 23, 2013. Credit: Joe Calderone.
Police gather outside an entrance to Lord and Taylor at the Oakbrook Center Mall after a man was shot during an attempted robbery June 23, 2013. Credit: Joe Calderone.

Editor's note: This story was updated Sunday evening to include a description of the two men at large.

A security guard shot a robbery suspect Sunday at C.D. Peacock Jewelers in the Oakbrook Center mall, according to media reports.

Two other men involved in the robbery were still at large Sunday evening, CLTV reports. The incident occurred at about 3:45 p.m. Sunday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

One of the men used a hammer to break a glass case inside the store, the Chicago Tribune reports. A security guard asked the man to drop the hammer, but the man instead approached him, Oak Brook Police Chief James R. Kruger Jr. told the Tribune. That's when the security guard shot at the man in the abdomen. 

The wounded man was transported to a hospital, but the two others fled the scene in a stolen black Jeep Liberty belonging to a mall employee, CLTV's story said.

The two men were last seen headed west on 22nd Street, the Daily Herald reports. The suspects are described as black males in their late 20s or early 30s; one is heavyset and the other has a heavy beard, according to the Herald.

Although there were conflicting reports about whether the mall was on lockdown following the robbery, Patch reader Joe Calderone did not see people leave the stores. He was shopping in Oak Brook Sunday when he heard about a shooting.

"I continued shopping, walked past about 30-45 minutes later and a police officer had the area still crime-scened off but said it was 'safe' in the mall," Calderone said in an e-mail. "Most stores were still locked down."

The man who was shot underwent surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, the Herald's story said. No other injuries were reported during the incident, according to CLTV.

Ted Wisiki June 24, 2013 at 08:18 AM
GHETTO SCUMBags..
Steve Mottel June 24, 2013 at 10:38 AM
Guess the liberal, political correct, bring the ghetto to the nice suburbs policies have now hit Oak Brook. That and the Obama economy are destroying many suburbs. Too bad, too bad.
NancyC June 24, 2013 at 11:04 AM
So glad the guard was armed!
Daniel Caudy June 24, 2013 at 11:41 AM
@ Steve Mottel: your comment had nothing to do with the story being published and shows just how inappropriate your comment is. The "liberal, political correct, bring the ghetto to the nice suburbs policies have now hit Oak Brook. That and the Obama economy are destroying many suburbs" statement shows just how uninformed and socially incorrect you are.
Adam June 24, 2013 at 12:38 PM
1up for guns
Does it matter ? June 24, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Daniel, in the 1940's this was a great country. Since the blacks and Hispanics are taking over this country it has turned to garbage. That's the fact. Now YOU are informed.
Does it matter ? June 24, 2013 at 02:10 PM
Oh maybe you need more info. Lets look at the major cities and examine what parts of that city are dangerous or garbage. Who lives there? If the truth is the truth, then who cares about being socially correct? Which is a term thought up by the same people that want to run around and do whatever they want and then tell you you cant tell the truth about situations.
Daniel Caudy June 24, 2013 at 02:54 PM
@Does it matter: Could you be any more negative? Canada is just a short distance either North or East.
Honest Guy June 24, 2013 at 11:39 PM
And THIS boys and girls is why racial profiling is so necessary - and why there should be FAR, FAR MORE OF IT!

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