Kohl’s Store Shooting Scares Black Friday ShoppersBy: Ellisha Rader Mannering - November 30, 2013
A man was shot at a Kohl’s store in Chicago after he allegedly attempted to shoplift and drove away from the store dragging a police officer behind him. The Kohl’s store noticed two men who were attempting to shoplift and alerted the police. Two officers responded to the scene and attempted to stop the shoplifters.
One of the shoplifters jumped into a car to getaway from the police. When an officer tried to prevent him from shutting the car door behind him, the man closed the officers arm in the door and the driver took off. According to witnesses, the police officer was dragged for several yards.
Witnesses also said that a second police officer yelled at the vehicle to stop and even fired warning shots towards the vehicle. When the driver did not stop, the officer shot at him and managed to hit him in the shoulder at which time he stopped the vehicles and the other officer was able to free his arm from the car door.
Both the injured police officer and suspect were treated and neither of them received life threatening injuries. The passenger of the vehicle was charged with attempted murder. The other shoplifters was charged with felony theft and the driver of the vehicle was not charged.
Although several Black Friday shoppers witnessed the incidents, most continued shopping during and after the shooting, even while police were investigating the scene. Kohl’s said they are working with the police and hope the investigation will be finished soon.
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