Active shooter panic as man in black SUV drives INSIDE Chicago mall and smashes into stores as terrified shoppers run for their lives
- The SUV was filmed driving through Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg
- The male driver sped past shoppers erratically, sending them running
- He eventually came to a stop by crashing into a podium in the mall
- The suspect was arrested at the scene and taken into custody
- Initial reports that there was an active shooter on the scene proved false
A suspect has been arrested for driving erratically through the inside of a Chicago mall in an SUV in a chaotic rampage that as mistaken for an active shooter.
The incident unfolded at Woodfield mall in Schaumburg on Friday afternoon.
Fox 32, a local outlet, initially reported that there were fears a shooter was on the scene. They corrected their story shortly afterwards to say it was a false alarm.
Videos from the scene showed the male driver speeding past terrified shoppers.
The suspect has not yet been named.
The SUV eventually came to a stop by crashing into a podium in the mall
The suspect, an unidentified male, was taken away from the scene in handcuffs
The driver plowed through the front of Sears and then carried on through the mall
They screamed and dispersed in different directions as the vehicle sped through, before eventually crashing into a pillar.
The driver was arrested at the scene and was led away in handcuffs.
It remains unclear if he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or if he injured anyone.
He plowed through the doors of Sears to gain entry to the mall then carried on.
Among the store fronts he destroyed were Forever 21 and Hollister.
Witnesses described the panicked chaos afterwards.
‘To see all the panic, it was definitely frightening. You hear about this stuff on the news all the time, and wouldn’t expect it to come so close to where you live.
‘It’s a messed up situation,’ Nikko Danz told The Chicago Tribune.
The SUV is shown driving through the mall on Friday after plowing through the front door of Sears
Another man who was working at the time said he was first alerted to the danger when people began ‘bolting’ into their store.
‘All of a sudden, we just see people bolting across our store, bolting into our store,’ Jonathan Galingan said.
He said people yelled ‘active shooter’.
‘They were yelling, “active shooter!” We all panicked and were in shock, so we started escorting people toward our backdoor,’ he said.
He and one of his colleagues led terrified shoppers out an emergency exit.
‘I was thinking of the children that were coming in, being yanked by their parents,’ he said.
The SUV drove inside Woodfield mall in Schaumburg on Friday