An early Saturday morning shooting at a Bolingbrook, Illinois WeatherTech warehouse resulted in two people being injured, one person being killed and an intensive manhunt by police that ended with a suspect in custody.
Police reported that three people were injured during the incident. One was fatally shot, one was critically wounded, and a third was released from the hospital, according to ABC 7 Chicago. The victims have not been identified yet and neither has the shooter.
Captain Anthony Columbus said that Bolingbrook Police Department officers were dispatched to 1 WeatherTech Way at 6:25 a.m. CDT with a report of a subject being shot. The suspect fled the scene sparking a manhunt by police.
Three hours later, police located and then arrested the suspect at approximately 9:25 a.m. after multiple police units descended on the area.
The village of Bolingbrook is a southwest suburb of Chicago, which is approximately 30 miles from the city center.
WeatherTech is a popular manufacturer of auto accessories specializing in floor mats for vehicles.
Following the overturning of Roe vs. Wade on Friday, the nation is on edge and every shooting is suspect. Except that in Chicago it’s a regular occurrence and state politicians are speaking out about it.
New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann appeared on “Fox & Friends First” Friday to blast the state’s SAFE-T act, declaring it “anything but safe” as the state continues to see skyrocketing crime spilling over from Chicago into surrounding communities.
“Please avoid the area at this time of Remington Blvd. and Woodcreek Drive,” the department urged residents via a press release.
I represent Republicans and Democrats alike. This is not a partisan issue. This violence is happening to everybody,” Baldermann told host Joey Jones, referencing a recent carjacking that involved suspects from the Chicago area.
The suspects were believed to be from Cook County, according to Fox Chicago. They were evading police in a stolen vehicle on I-80. The six men ditched the car and then fled on foot, running into a New Lenox neighborhood on March 10.
“This vehicular hijacking that we’re talking about, two young women that both had two children in their cars under the age of five had guns pointed at them. Three of the people that we’ve charged now are all in their twenties. And between the three of them, they have 27 convictions out of Cook County for violent crimes, yet they’re still roaming the streets,” he pointed out.
Baldermann warned that authorities need to start addressing the root causes of crime, asserting that the criminal justice system is failing at the state, city, and county levels due to policies such as “no-cash bail” that are allowing offenders to be released back onto the streets.
The mayor is a former police officer. He also addressed how gun control is not a solution as the city of Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in existence but still has the highest levels of crime. He’s placing the blame on State’s Attorney for Cook County, Illinois, Kim Foxx.
“As a 22-year veteran of a police department, I can tell you the criminals are always going to get their hands on guns. They really don’t care about gun laws. Why would they? And so that is a major problem for us here. And it’s not working,” he continued.
“Over the last five years, almost exclusively every violent crime has been committed by someone with an extensive history in the Cook County criminal justice system,” Baldermann stated, according to Fox Chicago.
Reporting by BizPac Review.