Man in custody in connection with Orland Park mall shooting

A man sought in connection with Monday’s shooting at a mall in south suburban Orland Park has been taken into custody, according to Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy.

Jakharr Williams, 20, was taken into custody Wednesday evening in connection with the shooting that left one man dead and another wounded about 6:45 p.m. Monday in a lower-level food court at the Orland Square Mall near 151st Street and La Grange Road, police said.

Williams was taken into custody without incident a little before 7 p.m., McCarthy said.

Police had identified the suspected shooter as Williams, a University Park resident, and warned that he should be considered “armed and dangerous,” in a statement released by police Tuesday. Police originally said Williams was 19.

Eighteen-year-old Javon Britten, of Richton Park, was killed in the shooting, according to authorities.

Williams was seen in an altercation with Britten, 18, when he pulled out a handgun and fired multiple shots, striking Britten in the chest and grazing a bystander’s leg, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

Britten staggered from the food court area to a nearby H&M clothing store, where he collapsed, officials said.

First responders were there in minutes and took Britten to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died, authorities said.

The bystander, who is believed to be a man between 18 and 19 years old, was treated at a hospital in La Grange, Mitchell said. Williams fled the area heading east.

Mitchell said the shooter and victim knew each other, and that the shooting was an isolated incident.

The mall closed following the shooting and police escorted shoppers outside after they “sheltered in place” inside stores, Mitchell said. Families searching for their relatives were told to go to Art Van furniture at 15080 S. La Grange Road, where customers were taken from the mall.

Earlier, some people at the mall reported on social media that they were locked in different areas of the mall after the shooting.

“I’m locked down in my stock room at work,” wrote one Twitter user. “There’s an active shooter at Orland Park mall.”

One video posted to social media showed police helping someone on the ground at the mall. Other videos from the scene showed emergency personnel swarming the scene.