The Kohl’s shooting on Thursday night that began when Kohl’s thieves drove off with an officer’s arm stuck in their car ended with a charge of attempted murder for the Kohl’s Thanksgiving Day shoplifting suspects. The Kohl’s shooting incident happened at a Kohl’s department store in Romeoville, a suburb about 30 miles southwest of Chicago. The officer who was hauled by his arm by the Kohl’s shoplifter “was dragged quite some distance,” said Romeoville Police Chief Mark Turvey according to a Nov. 29, 2013, NBC Chicago report.
Around 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving night, Kohl’s store called the police in order to report two shoplifting suspects. When the police officers arrived at Kohl’s, one of the two suspects ran out of the Kohl’s store, jumped into a car that was waiting for him, and closed the door – with the pursuing police officer’s arm inside.
According to authorities, when the police officer jumped in after the shoplifting suspect, the man closed the door on the officer’s arm, and the driver dragged the officer as he was partially inside the car.
Police report that the officer was dragged “quite some distance” by the shoplifters’ car. When a second responding officer ordered the car’s driver several times to stop but the shoplifter continued to haul the officer along by his arm, the Kohl’s shooting ensued with three to four shots being fired at the driver.
A Kohl’s Thanksgiving shopper who witnessed the Kohl’s shooting reported that “we turned the corner and you could see someone was down on the ground and there was glass all over the floor.”
One eyewitness to the Kohl’s shooting said that she ducked under her seat while the shooting occurred in the Kohl’s parking lot. “It’s crazy. Romeoville doesn’t have a lot of crime like that,” she said.
Another Kohl’s shopper and eyewitness also commented on Thursday’s shooting at Kohl’s. “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.”
Following the Kohl’s parking lot shooting incident, the police officer was taken to a hospital and was released on Friday. According to a Chicago Tribune report, the driver, who was wounded in the left arm during the Kohl’s shooting, remains in the hospital and has not been charged yet. “Felony charges were filed against two suspects this morning: Robert Russell, 51, of the 500 block of Francis Avenue, and Gerald Chamberlain, 28, of the 1300 block of Englewood. Romeoville police said Russell was a passenger in the car when the Kohl’s shooting took place and Chamberlain was still inside the store.” Chamberlain was jailed on a single count of felony theft. Russell was booked in the Will County Jail on charges of retail theft, obstructing an officer, and attempted murder.