Tuesday afternoon the family of the victim, 18-year-old Javon Britten, made a plea to the killer.
“Surrender,” the victim’s aunt Stephanie Kizer said. “So we can have peace, you can have peace.”
Williams and Britten knew each other, Britten’s family says. Another family member with Britten at the mall says he and Williams had words then Williams shoved Britten.
“My nephew pushed him away, the shooter. He reached in and pulled out a gun and fired five times on him,” Kizer said.
The gunfire caused panic inside the mall. Shoppers sheltered in place.
“Screaming and running,” one mall employee said. “It all happened so fast. Everybody was just going crazy.”
In 2017, Williams was convicted of armed robbery. He is now on parole.
There was no answer this afternoon at his listed address in south suburban University Park.
Javon Britten was a senior at Rich Central High School. A former teacher called him a “very nice young man with a bright future, well-liked by his classmates and teachers.”
The school brought in crisis counselors Tuesday.
His mother called him lovable and a hard worker.
“He was my angel,” she said. “He’d say gotta go to work. Shoveled snow. Worked at Red Lobster. Best child I could ever ask for.”
Britten’s family member who was with him at the mall suffered a graze wound and is okay.
Community activists are offering a $2,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the killer.