Video Captures Man Driving SUV Through Illinois Mall

WBBM Newsradio Staff
September 20, 2019 - 4:11 pm

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- An SUV drove through the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg at 2:30 p.m. Friday and police caught the driver shortly after, who is now in custody. 

Police said the 22-year-old driver drove into the mall via the Sears entrance and then wrecked once it was in the atrium. Seven people were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Three people were transported to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and the injuries were not a result of the vehicle hitting anyone. Schaumburg Fire and assisting agencies treated four subjects on scene, all of whom refused transport to the hospital.

The video shows a black SUV driving into the mall, passing stores and crashing. People scrambled and shouted as tires screetched and collisions were heard. 

"Stop driving" screamed one person. 

"This is not happening right now," said the person taking the video. 

It did not take long for Schaumburg police to arrest the driver, who ran for a short amount of time after he crashed the car but did not put up a fight with police. 

Schaumburg officials said the mall was evacuated and urged the public to avoid the area.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office confirmed they are assisting with the response at Woodfield. 

Peggie TJ, who was in Sears when she heard the car come into the mall, said she watched the driver go past her and was scared of the damage the car might cause to kids. She said she saw employees from other stores run out to make sure children and mall-goers were okay.

"I was pretty agitated (and) light-headed and (felt) adrenaline and anxiety," TJ said, who got her blood pressure checked by a paramedic after she exited the mall. 

Woodfield Mall issued the following statement several hours after the incident.

"The authorities believe this to be an isolated incident involving one person who has been arrested.  We are grateful no one was injured, and thank our security team and the police for their quick response.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.