An SUV plowed in a Chicago-area mall on Friday afternoon and could be seen driving erratically through the mall by onlookers who captured the terrifying event on camera as law enforcement officials have called for a “mass casualty response.”
“One person is in custody after a car crashed into the Sears at Woodfield Mall in Schuamburg and then drove through the shopping center Friday afternoon,” ABC 7 Chicago reported, adding that “authorities have called for a mass casualty response.”
A video posted to Twitter showed the SUV driving through the mall as shoppers ran for safety.
So this just happened at Woodfield. I’m safe. Jesus Christ pic.twitter.com/fOfhtPkWvr
— ronin (@nipsfalloff) September 20, 2019
Another video posted to Twitter by Nicole Doyle shows the outside of the mall where the alleged suspect plowed into the mall.
The car drove into woodfield through sears right passed my mom! Sooo scary! pic.twitter.com/bwm85RRr6T
— Nicole Doyle (@Nikkidoylee) September 20, 2019
Multiple photographs and videos posted to social media appear to show the suspect being arrested by law enforcement officials and being escorted away from the mall.
— OTC Skull and Bones (@10baggersallday) September 20, 2019
#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
“A witness, Jason, was ordering ice cream when he saw the car only a few feet away, moving erratically,” CBS News Chicago reported. “He told his wife to get into the nearby Starbucks and he ran to the SUV, which had crashed into a pole. He opened the door and took the keys out of the ignition.”
The Chicago Tribune reported: “Schaumburg police and fire officials were at the scene, as were FBI officials and officials from the Cook County Sheriff’s office, who were assisting local officials.”
“The FBI is aware of the situation at Woodfield Mall and is assisting at the request of local law enforcement,” according to a statement from the Chicago office of the FBI. “There is no known threat to public safety at this time.”
The Village of Schaumberg tweeted: “@SchaumburgIL Police have reported that one vehicle has driven into one of the entrances at @WoodfieldMall. The subject is in custody. At this time, there is no evidence of an active shooter situation. Please avoid the area if possible.”
@SchaumburgIL Police have reported that one vehicle has driven into one of the entrances at @WoodfieldMall. The subject is in custody. At this time, there is no evidence of an active shooter situation. Please avoid the area if possible. pic.twitter.com/bVLoV783Ra
— Village of Schaumburg (@SchaumburgIL) September 20, 2019