In Schaumburg Illinois, shoppers were left terrified as an SUV crashed into the Sears at Woodfield Mall Friday afternoon. The man behind the wheel was taken into custody on the lower level of the mall shortly after the incident.
Police arrived on the scene around 2:30 p.m. after calls from witnesses describing the event.
One witness, Lateef Farooqi, was on the floor above the incident when it happened. He described people running, saying there were guns in the mall, but concluded that it was probably only because people were panicking.
Police investigated and said there was no evidence of an active shooter in the vicinity. The shoppers in the mall at that time received no major or life-threatening injuries.
When describing the man taken into custody he mentioned that he did not look like what you would expect of “someone crazy.” Described with his “head down – not wild or screaming” the man in question was coherent when question by police.
Another witness, Robert Fakhouri, described the driver to be around the age of 20 and said the man was calm, not resisting arrest and showing no remorse on his face. When questioned by the police he complied with yes or no answers, telling them he was the only one behind the incident.
A video of the Suv driving through the mall past Forever 21 was posted on Twitter.
After the report of the incident got out Schaumburg High School issued a lockdown and only released the students after police confirmed the students were not in danger.
Written by Brielle R. Buford
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