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A 22-year-old man was detained Friday afternoon after driving his 4×4 through a shopping mall in Schaumburg, Illinois, causing police panic when reports of an active social media leak occurred Protect broke out.
The man drove through the Sears entrance to the Woodfield Mall, about 21 kilometers from Chicago's O'Hare Airport, and continued through a kiosk-lined corridor, passing by patrons of the mall and two off-duty officials, Schaumburg Police Chief Bill, was arrested Said Wolf in a press conference.
"I am pleased to report that there were very minor injuries in the incident," Wolf said. The vehicle did not hit any visitors, he added.
The identity of the driver will not be released until the indictment has been approved by the District Attorney Cook. The police also check a connection with the possible health of the driver.
A video posted on Twitter on Friday shows the black Chevrolet Trailblazer meandering irregularly through the mall as viewers race out of the car and yell at the driver to stop. After an accident at a Hollister store, the car drives back, stops for a moment, and drives on. Wolf said the police and the fire department had been dropped off at 2:21 pm Local time and were within two minutes on site.
The first reports on Twitter warned of gunfire and an active shooter situation within the mall. Wolf said the police had initially responded to reports of fired shots, but the allegations were ultimately unfounded.
"Although we had originally received these reports, we did not see any bullet shells or anything that would report on shots," Wolf said at the press conference, adding, "What people heard as shots seemed like Fired was from the glass panel in the mall. "
Wolf said that some evidence pointed to the driver's presence in the mall before passing through the Sears, but denied any connection to terrorist acts.
"There is no evidence that this was a terrorist attack, there is no indication that this was anything planned, no indication that the mall itself was a destination," Wolf said.
The false allegations of an active shooter in the mall came as an American still role from the mass shootings in El Paso, Midland and Odessa, Texas; Dayton, Ohio and Virginia Beach, Virginia. Last Saturday, Arlington County police responded to calls from an active shooter in a theater in the Ballston Quarter mall, but the police later said the incident was caused by a young man calling out a false gunner's warning. 19659008] The incident continued to cause panic as moviegoers ran out of the theater and called for other patrons to evacuate and call 9-1-1, police from Arlington County said.
On 9 August, the NPR reported that 20-year-old Dmitriy Andreychenko had been charged with a terrorist threat in second degree after entering a Walmart with body armor, loaded rifle and 100 rounds in Springfield, Missouri had ammunition less than a week after the El Paso Walmart shooting, which killed 22 people.
Andreyenko said in a police statement that he "wanted to know if Walmart would comply with the second amendment".