Oak Forest Grocery Store Shooting
Suspect dies, police officer in hospital after shooting at oak forest grocery store.
A 21-year-old woman was killed and a police officer was injured in a shooting Sunday at a Food 4 Less grocery store in the southern suburb of Oak Forest, authorities said.
Shopper Recounts Moments When Shooting Erupted in Oak Forest Grocery Store
Authorities and witnesses said a woman was in custody on Sunday afternoon after she opened fire.
At noon, the city of Oak Forest tweeted an active shooter near 159th Street and Central Avenue and advised people to avoid the area.
The officers then followed Wilson, who entered a Food 4 Less grocery store, 5556 159th Street, where she exchanged fire with the police officers, authorities said.
Wilson was shot and then pronounced dead. Police said an Oak Forest police officer was injured and placed in a serious but stable condition on Sunday evening.
At some point during the confrontation, the woman produced a handgun, according to the Illinois State Police Public Integrity Task Force, which is investigating the shooting.
The officers continued to negotiate with the person, but she entered the Food 4 Less grocery store and “exchanged fire” with Oak Forest police officers.
Around noon, the city of Oak Forest alerted residents, tweeting about active shootings near 159th Street and Central Avenue and advising people to avoid the area.
About 40 minutes after the initial tweet, city officials said the suspect was being held, and said there was no longer a threat to the public.
NBC 5 has not independently verified the account of events provided by law enforcement.