Illinois Woodfield Mall car crash, no indication Woodfield Mall incident was a terror attack.
One person is in custody after an SUV crashed into the Sears at Woodfield Mall in Schuamburg and then drove through the shopping center Friday afternoon, police said.
Schaumburg police said they began receiving 911 calls about the incident around 2:21 p.m. Police said the SUV entered the mall by Sears and Rainforest Cafe, then drove through the common area and came to a final stop in the mall’s center court. Witnesses said the SUV crashed into a pillar.
Only minor injuries were reported, Schaumburg police said, though witnesses reported at one point the SUV almost struck a group of children.
A 22-year-old man was taken into custody. He was initially detailed by mall patrons before officers could arrive at the scene, police said. The man was taken into custody without further incident. Police said he refused medical transport.
Anthony Uchick was shopping with his mother at the Sears in Schaumburg’s Woodfield Mall Friday when he said a car crashed through the storefront and proceeded to drive through the shopping center.
Uchick said the vehicle exited Sears near the Rainforest Cafe, almost striking children nearby. The car then crashed into Forever 21 before driving down toward Macy’s, where the driver was taken into custody, he said.
Lateef Farooqui was sitting in the second floor food court at the time, and said he saw car parts scattered through first floor’s center aisle, but wasn’t sure if the car was targeting any store in particular.
“Yeah, it was like a pinball going right to left,” he said. “I don’t know if it was like an anger issue going after Forever 21, but that one was the most obvious one he went through. And then he backed out of there and then moved to the complete opposite side.”