Robbery, shooting at Kohl’s in Romeoville, Illinois; Several injuries reported [photos]

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Local Chicago media and witnesses at the scene reported a shooting and several injuries at a Kohl’s retail store in Romeoville, Illinois late last night. Many immediately associated the incident with Black Friday shopping madness.!/ajzilli/status/406331196042260480!/kmkroski/status/406331859782471680

But according to one witness, shoplifters fleeing the scene were shot at by police.!/noel_first_noel/status/406279138828632064!/noel_first_noel/status/406280461975945216

Police confirmed:!/abcWNN/status/406332714498146304

And the Chicago Tribune reported similar details:

A police officer shot and injured a driver fleeing after a shoplifting incident at a Kohl’s department store in Romeoville during Black Friday shopping late Thursday, authorities said.

About 10 p.m. police responded to a report of men stealing clothing from the store at 261 S. Weber Road, Romeoville Police Chief Mark Turvey said.

Officers chased two suspects who were seen fleeing the store toward a Pontiac Sunfire waiting outside, Turvey said. An officer became involved in a struggle and was partially caught in the car, Turvey said.

The driver of the car ignored commands to stop and dragged the officer, police said. A second officer nearby fired a shot at the driver, striking him in the shoulder, Turvey said. The injured officer and the driver were hospitalized with injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening, police said.

The driver is in police custody, as are two additional suspects, police said.

To be clear: There are plenty of Black Friday shoppers gone wild out there, but this incident did not involve customers shooting up a store over Xboxes or pumpkin candles on sale.!/BackPackJimmy/status/406332600719245312

It did, however, involve opportunistic idiot thieves who endangered everyone around them. It’s going to be a long Friday.

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