The unknown man who drove a black SUV to the Woodfield Mall in Chicago and sent shoppers to panic is said to have a health condition that requires medication.
According to ABC 7, the father of the 22-year-old suspect revealed that his son was suffering from a medical condition that he refused to identify.
The suspect was detained by prisoners on Friday without incident.
At the time, the suspect refused medical transport.
The man was taken to the Amita Health Behavioral Medicine Institute for further treatment, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The suspect is currently staying at the Amita Health Behavioral Medicine Institute in Chicago (photo)
Sgt. Karen McCartney said in a statement: & # 39; The duration of his treatment is unknown and no costs are charged until his release. & # 39;
The website says: & # 39; At the AMITA Health Behavioral Medicine Institute we treat the entire spectrum of disorders – depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, addictions, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism and more – with the same results-oriented, research-based approach as any other disease. & # 39;
The SUV finally came to a halt by crashing on a stage in the mall
Police chief Bill Wolf from Schaumburg told reporters on Friday that authorities have not ruled out the possibility of a medical issue.
Wolf said: & # 39; That is one of the possibilities that we are investigating, that this was a kind of medical problem. & # 39;
& # 39; There are no indications that this was a terrorist attack; there is no indication that this was planned in advance and there is no indication that the shopping center itself was a target or was a target in advance. & # 39;
The suspect, an unidentified man, was taken off the stage with handcuffs
The first incident occurred Friday afternoon when the suspect drove an SUV to the Chicago shopping center.
Fox 32, a local outlet, initially reported that there were fears that a shooter was on the scene. They corrected their story shortly afterwards to say it was a false alarm.
Videos & # 39; s of the scene showed the male driver who rushed past terrified shoppers.
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The driver plowed through the front of Sears and then drove through the mall
They screamed and spread in different directions as the vehicle drove on before finally bumping into a pillar.
The driver was arrested on the spot and taken away with handcuffs.
It remains unclear whether he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol or if he injured someone.
He plowed through the doors of Sears to gain access to the mall and then continued.
Among the store fronts he destroyed were Forever 21 and Hollister.
Witnesses described the panic chaos afterwards.
& # 39; To see all the panic, it was absolutely frightening. You hear about things like this all the time on the news, and you wouldn't expect it to come that close to where you live.
The SUV will be driven through the mall on Friday after it has been plowed through the front door of Sears
Another man who was working at the time said he was first warned of the danger when people walked into their stores.
& # 39; Suddenly we see people running through our store, running into our store, & # 39; said Jonathan Galingan.
He said that people & # 39; active shooter & # 39; shouted.
& # 39; They shouted, & # 39; active shooter! & # 39; We all panicked and were in shock, so we started guiding people to our back door, & he said.
He and one of his colleagues led terrified customers to an emergency exit.
A tweet from Friday shows that the unidentified suspect (photo) is arrested by local authorities
Romexterra Construction Fire & Water Restoration Services shared photos of the damage at Woodfield Mall on Facebook.
Broken glass and completely knocked down walls are depicted in the aftermath of the rampage of the suspicious vehicle.
The car itself is also shown, with shattered glass around the windshield, vehicles metal torn to the side and the tire reversed.
Romexterra Construction Fire & Water Restoration in Chicago shared photos of the damage at Woodfield Mall after the SUV drove through (photo)
The black SUV suffered heavy damage as a result of the Friday afternoon rampage (photo)
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