Police were searching for 19-year-old parolee Jakharr Williams, who they say shot and killed 18-year-old high school senior Javon Britten at Orland Square Mall Monday night. Britten’s cousin was also shot and suffered a graze wound.
Williams and Britten knew each other, Britten’s family said. Another family member with Britten at the mall said he and Williams had words then Williams shoved Britten.
In 2017, Williams was convicted of armed robbery. He was on parole.
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.”
Orland Park police responded to a call that multiple people were shot around 6:45 p.m. at the Orland Square Mall food court and arrived to find Britten shot in the chest. The gunfire caused panic inside the mall and shoppers took shelter.