Woman shot in attempted robbery at Orland Square Mall
SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE September 9, 2011 10:06PM
An Orland Park police car is parked outside the lower level of the J.C. Penney at Orland Square Mall on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, in Orland Park. | Matthew Grotto~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 9, 2011 3:08PM
A 67-year-old woman was shot Friday night during an attempted robbery at Orland Square Mall in Orland Park.
Police responded at 8:55 p.m. to a report of an attempted robbery in the parking lot at the lower level of J.C. Penney, according to an Orland Park police news release.
A 67-year-old woman was approached by a female assailant who said, “Do as I tell you,” according to the release. The suspect shot the 67-year-old and fled the scene on foot.
The woman was taken to Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet, according to the release. Her injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.
The incident occurred as she was attempting to get into her car and leave after shopping at the mall, Orland Park police Lt. James Bianchi said.
“It was in the parking lot when the offender approached her,’’ Bianchi said.
After the suspect, who the victim does not know, demanded the woman do as she said, “the round went off and hit the woman,” Bianchi said.
The victim collapsed outside her car and people helped her into J.C. Penney, Bianchi said.
The suspect fled on foot without taking anything from the victim.
The suspect is described as a light-skinned black woman with a medium build, who was wearing a white baseball hat and a purple shirt with a long-sleeved white hoodie over it, Bianchi said. She had on dark jeans and white shoes, he said.
No one is in custody Saturday and police are trying to see if any of the establishments nearby had cameras that caught the attempted armed robbery.
Bianchi said the robbery is not believed to be connected with similar incidents that have occurred recently.
“It’s a very isolated incident,” Bianchi said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Orland Park police at (708) 349-4111.