OAK BROOK, Ill. - Two men have been arrested and charged in the Oak Brook Center Mall shootout that occurred December 23, 2021, the night before Christmas Eve when the mall was full of holiday shoppers.
Officials have charged 32-year-old Tyran Williams of Chicago and 29-year-old Steve Lane also of Chicago, in the shootout that wounded four people, including three women who were innocent bystanders. Another woman was injured when she fractured her ankle fleeing the scene.
The men are being held on $1 million bond each.
More info on the incident and charges are below.
On December 23, 2021, at approximately 5:44 p.m., officers with the Oak Brook Police Department responded to a call of shots fired at the Oak Brook Mall. Upon their arrival, officers found four individuals suffering from gunshot wounds.
One of the individuals, later identified as Tyran Williams, had been shot four times. It is alleged that officers found a Glock 9 mm handgun near Williams as they began to treat his gunshot wounds.
Following an investigation into the shooting, it is alleged that Williams and Lane were in a verbal altercation near the pretzel store inside the Oak Brook Center Mall when both men pulled out a handgun and began shooting at each other. Authorities indicated that the men knew each other prior to the incident, and that the argument began over a prior social media post made by one of the two men.
It is alleged that during the incident, both Lane and Williams fired their weapons resulting in Williams being struck four times and three innocent bystanders being struck by gunfire. It is further alleged that after the shooting Lane fled the scene. Lane was taken into custody at the mall a short time later following a brief foot pursuit by a Nordstrom Loss Prevention Officer and an Oak Brook Police Officer. A Taurus G2C 9 mm handgun was also found near the Nordstrom store where Lane was running after the shooting.
Williams was transported to a local hospital for medical attention. He was released from the hospital into police custody on December 27, 2021.
The innocent bystanders who were shot were also transported to a local hospital for medical attention. None of their injuries were life-threatening and they have all been released from medical care.
When processing the scene, authorities found twelve fired 9 mm shell casings.
"The allegations that these two men opened fire in a crowded mall of between fifteen to twenty thousand people, on one of the busiest shopping days of the year are evidence of an unconscionable degree of violence and a complete and utter disregard for public safety," DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin said. "Make no mistake, in DuPage County public safety is our top priority and anyone who commits this type of violent crime in DuPage County will be apprehended, charged and, if found guilty, face a significant amount of time behind bars."
The next court appearance for Williams is scheduled for arraignment on January 20, 2022. The next court appearance for Lane is scheduled for arraignment on January 19, 2021. Both cases will be heard in front of Judge John Kinsella.
The official charges are as follows:
Tyran Williams, 32, of the 7200 block of S Fairfield Avenue in Chicago, is charged with the following:
- 5 counts - Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm Directed at Another Person or Occupied Vehicle (all counts are Class 1 Felonies)
- 1 count - Unlawful Use or Possession of Weapons or Ammunition by Convicted Felons (Class 3 Felony)
Steve Lane, 29, of the 6900 block of S Cregier Avenue in Chicago, is charged with the following:
- 1 count - Aggravated Battery Discharge of a Firearm (Class X Felony)
- 4 counts - Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm Directed at Another Person or Occupied Vehicle (Class 1 Felonies)
- 1 count - Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Person with no FOID (Class 4 Felony)
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Notes & References
Chicago Journal. “Official Update to the Oak Brook Center Shooting Incident.” Chicago Journal. Chicago Journal, December 24, 2021. https://www.chicagojournal.com/official-update-to-the-oak-brook-center-shooting-incident/. ↩︎