18-year-old woman dies after double shooting at River Oaks Mall

CALUMET CITY, Ill. — An 18-year-old woman has died days after a double shooting at a Calumet City mall Thursday evening, prompting the shopping center to be placed on lockdown.

Calumet City Chief of Police Christopher Fletcher said officers responded around 6 p.m. to reports of shots fired.

Upon arrival, officers found a 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old woman, later identified as Christin Ross, of Calumet City, seriously wounded. They were transported to the hospital.

Ross passed away Saturday evening, according to the Cook County Coroner's Office.

Fletcher said the incident did not appear to be a random act of violence, and said there is no immediate threat to public safety.

A makeup artist at Macy's, Joy Watson, said she was working on a client when they heard shots. She said they didn't think anything of it, but then saw "about 20 teenagers" running out of the mall.

Watson said she heard the teens yelling that someone was shooting at them. They then ran out of the store.

She said Macy's managers immediately put the store on lockdown, closing all entrances and keeping customers and employees inside.

The company that owns the mall, Namdar Realty Group, issued the following statement:

"There was an isolated incident at River Oaks Center today. We want the public to know that River Oaks Center holds the safety of our customers, tenants, and employees paramount. We are cooperating with the Calumet City Police Department to address this incident. The Calumet City Police Department is undertaking an active investigation into this incident. The Mall will be open regular hours tomorrow."

The mall will resume regular business hours on Friday.

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