Transcript for A driver crashed an SUV through a Chicago-area mall
We're going to turn to a story closer to home now, and it's a bizarre one out of suburban Chicago. The SUV crashing into a mall plowing through windows slamming into displays sending shoppers scrambling. Who did this and why? ABC's Kaylee Hartung is right there in Schaumburg, Illinois. Kaylee, good morning to you. Reporter: Good morning, Dan. That SUV smashed its way through the entrance of this sears just behind me here. What happened next, you'll see the video. You will hear the screams. It was a terrifying scene of chaos inside this mall. Yo, this is not happening right now. Reporter: This morning investigators trying to piece together what led to this chaotic scene. A man plowing an SUV through this suburban mall outside Chicago. There was no indication that this was a terrorist attack. There is no indication that this was something preplanned. No indication that the mall itself was a target. He just hit the gas and you saw the back of his car accelerate through the doors. Reporter: The incident terrifying shoppers. Some at first fearing the commotion was the result of an active shooter. First they said someone with a gun so they really weren't sure what was going on. And then you go on the phone and get it right away that some clown was driving through the mall. Reporter: 911 calls going out. A trailblazer driving through the mall right now, unknown injuries, unknown where he's at right now. Reporter: As the Woodfield mall went into lockdown many forced to wait out the the harrowing moments in back rooms. The SUV first went through sears then ramming into forever 21 finally crashing into a pillar in the middle of the mall. Law enforcement has always been concerned about malls. It also, unfortunately, is a fairly soft target. There's actually no way to defense against possible bad behavior. Here's part of his car. Here's his bumper. Reporter: Witnesses say the driver purposely crashed into kiosks and stores. I was helping a customer and all of a sudden this SUV starting coming towards my kiosk. If I would have stayed in my kiosk, I wouldn't be here today, I'd be gone. Reporter: The driver initially detained by witnesses and two off-duty officers before being taken into custody. Overnight, authorities labeling him a subject in the investigation as they work to find a motive. No one was seriously injured. Local police say they haven't had any prior contact or incidents with the man they've taken into custody, and there was no major structural damage to the mall so all stores are expected to be open today. Eva. Kaylee, thank you.
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