In Chicago, a shooting at Kohl’s left a cop and suspect hospitalized. The Kohl’s shooting on Black Friday resulted in three arrests from an alleged shop lifting scheme, and the police officer who was dragged by his arm is lucky to be alive. Formal charges have been filed in the police-involved Romeoville incident , according to a Nov. 30 Huffington Post report.
The Black Friday shooting at Kohl’s happened just after 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, as shoppers packed the store for early holiday ad deals.
Kohl’s management placed a call from the store about an alleged shoplifting in progress. Police arrived a short time later and observed a man exiting the store with a shopping cart. A chase followed across the parking lot and the man hopped into a getaway car.
The officers tried to gain entry, but the passenger slammed the door on the cop’s arm, while the driver tried to flee the scene. Another police officer, who responded to the shoplifting at Kohl’s repeatedly, warned the driver to stop the vehicle, to no avail. He then opened fire and one bullet struck the driver, who stopped moments later, still in the parking lot.
The driver in the Kohl’s shooting , Robert Russell, 51, a Joliet resident, and the passenger, Robert Russell, who slammed the door on the officer’s arm, were arrested.
Russell and the officer dragged across the parking lot were transported to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Meanwhile, Gerald Chamberlain, 28, an accomplice, was arrested inside the store by police.
All three suspects face criminal charges from theft to attempted murder of a police officer.
Phil Koster, who witnessed the Kohl’s parking lot shooting, had this to say:
Definitely not something I expected tonight. [I was] just doing some light shopping, trying to get in the Black Friday spirit, buy a few things. A little shaken up, not bad or anything. I was within five feet of everything happening. It was very surreal.”
The Kohl’s shooting is one of many incidents of violence around the Black Friday and Thanksgiving Day shopping mania.
A Las Vegas shooting left a man injured Thursday. In this incident, a shopper had just purchased a big screen TV and was carrying his purchase on foot back to a nearby apartment complex.
A gunman approached the Black Friday shopper, fired a warning shot, forcing the man to drop the television. And when he tried to retrieve the merchandise, he was shot in the leg by the suspect, who fled the scene.
And in another police-involved incident, a cop was injured while trying to break up a fight at a Walmart Black Friday event in Southern California.
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