An SUV has plowed into the Woodfield Mall in Chicago and, as I suggested in the title, it looks intentional. Police say the driver has been taken into custody and there is no word thus far on any injuries.
Here’s what we know so far from CBS Chicago:
Stores at Woodfield Mall have been placed on lockdown, employees tell CBS 2.
A Schaumburg police official says no shots were fired.
There is video on social media showing a car droving into the mall. The user says, “This is not happening right now!”
A witness told CBS 2 that the car was driving erratically and that police have placed the driver into custody. Chopper 2 shows a door into the Sears store shattered, presumably by the car.
Witness Lateef Farooqui told CBS 2 that he was on the second floor when he saw a Chevy Trailblazer driving down the center of the mall “like you would a shopping cart.” The driver appeared to be younger, Farooqui said. He drove over a kiosk and then hit the Forever 21. The then ran out of the SUV and was caught by police.
Here’s a video showing the SUV driving around in the mall:
BREAKING VIDEO: Car reportedly drives into Woodfield Mall in Chicago pic.twitter.com/85hEKmwQQA
— News Breaking LIVE (@NewsBreaking) September 20, 2019
UPDATE: Here are a few photos from the scene:
#BREAKING: A man behind the wheel of a black SUV drove through Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg Friday afternoon.
He drove through Sears & damaged several other stores including Forever 21 & Hollister.
Driver in police custody.@cbschicago
Photo Courtesy: Nik Farooqui pic.twitter.com/L5GoDk7WHH
— Eric Cox (@EricCoxTV) September 20, 2019
Also I should point out that the earlier reports by some in the media of an active shooter were false, according to multiple reports from the police:
To be clear, no shots fired at Woodfield Mall, per Schaumburg police. No injuries reported. We are on the way to scene now to get more information on the SUV that drove thru the mall.
— Tim McNicholas (@TimMcNicholas) September 20, 2019
Another photo from someone whose mom worked in the mall:
my mom is okay the managed to evacuate but the car crashed right in front of my moms store omg pic.twitter.com/CQ6S0sZxlY
— sarah ahmad (@sarahhahmad) September 20, 2019
UPDATE 2: Here’s video of the driver being arrested (the user who recorded on Twitter deleted it but I made a copy):
And here’s another:
— OTC Skull and Bones (@10baggersallday) September 20, 2019
We’ll update you with more when we have it…