Updated: October 3, 2016
UPDATE: CHERRY VALLEY, Ill. (WIFR) -- Cherry Valley Police are releasing new information after a shooting at CherryVale Mall Friday evening.
Police say they are now looking for the following suspects all believed to be between 16-22 years old.
1. Black man heavyset with a bald head wearing gold chains around his neck, wearing a black and white bandana at the time, white T-shirt, and armed with a black handgun
2. Hispanic man with a shaved head and a mullet (may have been the shooter).
3. White, heavy-set woman with blonde hair wearing black yoga pants and a purple shirt at the time of the shooting
4. Light skinned Hispanic man with facial hair, wearing a white T-shirt with a sweatshirt wrapped around his hand (may have also been armed).
Police say the man described wearing military style clothing does not appear to have been involved in the incident.
Investigators believe the suspects got away in a 2010-2013 gold or similar colored 4-door Chevrolet Impala with an Illinois Temporary Registration.
According to Cherry Valley Police, patrol officers responded to the the northwest side of CherryVale Mall around 5:15 Friday for a shots fired call. When officers arrived, they determined shots had been fired and that the mall had been hit several times.
Police initially reported that no one was thought to be injured, however the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office tells us a shell casing with what is believed to be blood evidence was recovered near the scene.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Cherry Valley Police Department at 815-332-3431 or Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867.
Updated: October 1, 2016
UPDATE: A local mother springs into action to save her children as she’s just steps away from a shooter at the CherryVale Mall last night.
“All I can do was just take my kids cover them up with my body and make sure they were safe," said Meghan Hoover, a mother of two.
Hoover and her kids had just finished shopping for shoes and were walking to their car in the mall parking lot when just a few feet from them rounds were fired.
"All of a sudden it was open fire and I just took my kids, went to ground, crawled to a safe place between some cars, and waited until they left," said Hoover.
Hoover said her eleven year-old daughter was in tears, and her four year-old son lay there silently as the shooting happened. Hoover said now she has concerns about places she thought were safe for her and her family.
"People are actually walking in the mall next to our kids or next to me with a gun,” said Hoover. “And you'll never know when they could take it out and start shooting."
Hoover said after last night’s terrifying events her daughter doesn’t want to leave the house, out of fear. Hoover said this isn’t something that should be happening; she thinks something should be done so neither her nor her family has to live with these sorts of fears.
"Everybody just needs to come together,” explained Hoover. “I mean our city really needs to get something under control to stop the violence. I mean I'm seeing a lot of the younger kids with guns."
Hoover said after she covered her children and they started crawling away she was checking cars to see if any were unlocked so they could find a place to take refuge.
Updated: October 1, 2016
UPDATE: CHERRY VALLEY, Ill. (WIFR) -- The Cherry Valley Police Department says they're looking for a gray or dark colored Chevy Malibu or Impala with temporary registration.
They believe the suspects got away in this car after the shooting at CherryVale Mall Friday night.
Updated: 9:00 p.m. September 30, 2016
UPDATE: CHERRY VALLEY, Ill. (WIFR) -- The Winnebago County Sheriff's Office reports that the all-clear has been given at CherryVale Mall following a shooting Friday evening.
Police initially reported that no one was thought to be injured, however the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office tells us a shell casing with what is believed to be blood evidence has been recovered on the north side of the mall. We're told police have alerted the hospitals to be on the lookout for anyone coming in with a gunshot wound.
Police say the incident is believed to have started when four black men and three Hispanic men were involved in an argument. Investigators say a heavy-set black man wearing a white T-shirt, black pants, and a black and white bandana then pulled out a gun from his waistband and started shooting. Cherry Valley Police report at least three shots hit the mall.
Police are still looking for the suspects involved. The Sheriff's Office says they will be conducting a saturation patrol of the area and have their K-9's on the scene.
Updated: 8:15 p.m. September 30, 2016
UPDATE: CHERRY VALLEY, Ill. (WIFR) -- Police are still working to clear CherryVale Mall after what investigators say was a drive-by shooting Friday evening.
Cherry Valley Police say they believe no one was hurt in the incident. According to authorities, bullets hit the glass between Bergners and JCPenney. Some workers and customers are still inside waiting to be released by police. Police say they are currently in the process of clearing the mall one store at a time with an estimated 600 people still in the mall as of 8:00 p.m. Friday. We're told that process is expected to take a couple hours with another update expected to come at 10:00 p.m.
CherryValley police say an altercation involving six black men took place inside the mall. After exiting the shopping center, a number of those involved in the altercation then fled to a car. Police say shots were then fired from a car with at least three shots hitting the mall.
Police are currently looking for the suspects involved. Investigators say the suspects are not believed to still be at the scene. Police tell us one of the men they are looking for was reportedly wearing a military style uniform and another man was wearing a white T-shirt, dark colored pants, with gold chains, and a black and white bandana. It's believed only one suspect fired shots.
We're told the mall is closed for the rest of the evening. It is unclear at this point whether the mall will be open on Saturday.
Posted: September 30, 2016
CHERRY VALLEY, Ill. (WIFR) -- CherryVale Mall is on lockdown after a drive-by shooting, according to authorities.
We've been told no was hurt in the incident. Police say the bullets hit the glass between Bergners and JCPenney. Some workers and customers are still inside waiting to be released by police.
Details are limited at this time and we will update you as soon as we know more.