Local Chicago media and witnesses at the scene reported a shooting and several injuries at a Kohl’s retail store in Romeoville, Illinois late last night. Many immediately associated the incident with Black Friday shopping madness.
But according to one witness, shoplifters fleeing the scene were shot at by police.
And the Chicago Tribune reported similar details:
A police officer shot and injured a driver fleeing after a shoplifting incident at a Kohl’s department store in Romeoville during Black Friday shopping late Thursday, authorities said.
About 10 p.m. police responded to a report of men stealing clothing from the store at 261 S. Weber Road, Romeoville Police Chief Mark Turvey said.
Officers chased two suspects who were seen fleeing the store toward a Pontiac Sunfire waiting outside, Turvey said. An officer became involved in a struggle and was partially caught in the car, Turvey said.
The driver of the car ignored commands to stop and dragged the officer, police said. A second officer nearby fired a shot at the driver, striking him in the shoulder, Turvey said. The injured officer and the driver were hospitalized with injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening, police said.
The driver is in police custody, as are two additional suspects, police said.
To be clear: There are plenty of Black Friday shoppers gone wild out there, but this incident did not involve customers shooting up a store over Xboxes or pumpkin candles on sale.
It did, however, involve opportunistic idiot thieves who endangered everyone around them. It’s going to be a long Friday.