Calumet City, Illinois – A security guard was shot dead at the River Oaks Center shopping mall. Calumet City identified Thursday as a man from blue island.
At approximately 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, police Called to a suburban mall A report of shots fired can be found at 96 River Oaks Center Drive.
A 57-year-old security guard was shot and taken to a local hospital, but his condition is unknown, police said. The guard later died in hospital, police said.
The security guard was identified Thursday as Norman Thomas, according to the Cook County coroner. He died of multiple gunshot wounds and his death was declared a homicide.
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An 81-year-old man was also injured in the accident. He was treated at the scene by paramedics.
The mall was on lockdown for about an hour while police cleared the premises. They are currently reviewing security footage.
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A video obtained by FOX 32’s Tia Ewing shows a gunman firing at a shopping mall just outside a jewelry store and looting several jewelry cases.
Police said Thomas worked at a jewelry store in the mall. Calumet City spokesman Sean Howard said Thomas did not fight back during the incident.
“I looked up from my phone and heard no more than five shots. A man was standing in a jewelry store shooting guns. He was wearing a black hoodie. The owner and the rest of the owners, the other women, we went down to the floor to hide ourselves,” said a woman who was trimming her nails nearby.
George Brown, who works at a nearby barbershop, said he heard about 15 shots were fired.
George Brown said of Thomas, “Every morning he would come in and talk and joke and talk about sports. ‘He was a good guy.'”
According to police scanner traffic, there were three suspects, two of whom were armed, one with a rifle and one with a handgun with an extended magazine. The suspect drove out of the mall after the shooting.
Calumet City Police Chief Kevin Koloche says several glass jewelry cases were smashed and the suspect escaped with an unknown amount of merchandise.
He also said the shooting appeared to be an isolated incident.
About 20 police officers were training in a building adjacent to the mall at the time of the shooting, Kolosh said.
“It certainly increased our response times,” said the chief.
According to Howard, the mall was “an ongoing issue for the city.” “I’m not happy with the stigma and safety concerns attached to this mall,” he said.
The city has held talks with mall management, and Howard hopes those talks will intensify in the wake of the latest shootings.
FOX 32 reached out to mall management for comment but did not receive a response.
The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.