Shoppers run for their lives as car driven through shopping centre

Shoppers ran for their lives as a car was driven through a shopping centre in the US city of Chicago.

The black Chevy Trailblazer was driven through the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg at around 2.30pm on Friday.

The 22-year-old driver drove past a number of shops, hitting a kiosk and sending items crashing to the floor.

He then hit a clothing store before being arrested.

Despite initial concerns that the incident was part of a shooting, police said there was “no evidence” of this.

Three people were taken to hospital but their injuries were not life-threatening.

They were not hit by the vehicle, police added.

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A car is driven through a Chicago shopping centre. Pic: Ronin Diedenhofen
Image: The car was driven through a Chicago shopping centre. Pic: Ronin Diedenhofen

A witness named Jason told CBS 2 he had seen the car while buying an ice cream.

He had approached it after it crashed, opening the door and taking the keys out of the ignition.

He described the driver as “dazed and confused”.

Lateef Farooqui told CBS 2 that the driver had been slowly navigating the corridor “like you would a shopping cart”.

Jonathan Galingan, who manages a cosmetics store in the mall, told the Chicago Tribune that people had panicked after hearing shouts of “active shooter”.

“We all panicked and were in shock, so we started escorting people toward our back door,” he said.

Another witness Bob Thomas said he had heard the fire alarm go off and the shopping centre’s loudspeakers instruct shoppers to leave as there had been an incident.

He said one of the car’s front tyres were flat, adding: “All of a sudden the tact team came in with assault rifles and yelling, ‘Get out, get out, get out of the mall’.”

The driver’s name and motive have not been revealed but the FBI said in a statement that there was no further threat to public safety.

Source: SKY NEWS

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