Chicago man charged in Bolingbrook shooting; 3 shot, 1 killed at WeatherTech warehouse, police say

Chicago man charged in Bolingbrook shooting; 3 shot, 1 killed at WeatherTech warehouse, police say

BOLINGBROOK, Unwell. (TOC) — A 27-year-old Chicago man has been charged with capturing three folks, one fatally, at a south suburban WeatherTech warehouse early Saturday, authorities mentioned.

The alleged shooter has been recognized as Charles C. McKnight Jr., of Chicago’s Fernwood neighborhood, in keeping with police.

Bolingbrook officers responded to a name of an individual shot at 1 WeatherTech Method at about 6:25 a.m., Media Captain Anthony Columbus mentioned.

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“Cops have been simply all over the place. All by WeatherTech, all within the hospital car parking zone, after which after I got here right here on my block, cops had a cop automobile sitting there. He had the weapons out,” mentioned William Miller, who lives close by.

Upon arrival, officers instantly entered the constructing to deal with and cease the reported risk and to forestall any additional victims or accidents, police mentioned.

“You recognize what can occur, you do not ever suppose it should occur proper right here in entrance of your home,” Miller mentioned.

Police combed by a neighborhood behind the ability in search of the shooter after they are saying he fled the warehouse following the capturing.

Police mentioned he was situated and positioned in custody at roughly 9:25 a.m.

“My yard was filled with cops with rifles,” mentioned Cathy Ambrose, who additionally lives close by.

“I noticed all of them out right here and considered one of them informed me what occurred and to return in as a result of they hadn’t caught the man but, so I got here again in the home and locked up all the things,” Ambrose mentioned.

“They have been strolling throughout the yard and got here as much as the door and requested me, ‘Hey, have you ever seen him?’ I mentioned no, I did not see no person,” Miller added.

The preliminary investigation reveals that close to the tip of the in a single day shift, McKnight was confronted by workers after he allegedly robbed two co-workers, stealing a watch and a pockets at gunpoint, police mentioned. When confronted, an argument ensued and McKnight allegedly pulled out a handgun and shot three co-workers.

This capturing doesn’t look like premeditated, police added.

One sufferer, recognized as 37-year-old Central Hightower from Plainfield, has died, in keeping with police. A 25-year-old man, who police say was one of many earlier theft victims, is in crucial situation. A 3rd sufferer, a 43-year-old man, has been launched from the hospital. All three have been WeatherTech workers.

“That is the scary half as a result of, you already know, our youngsters. There’s numerous youngsters round right here and we allow them to exterior to go play, trip their bike,” Miller mentioned.

“That is the world we’re in. A capturing can happen anyplace. House, church, faculties, shops, Walmart, anyplace,” Ambrose mentioned.

Upon arrest, police mentioned McKnight was in possession of the alleged stolen objects.

McKnight is charged with 1 depend of First Diploma Homicide, and two counts of Tried First Diploma Homicide. Extra expenses are pending, police mentioned.

McKnight was with a short lived employment company and was solely assigned to the WeatherTech Facility since June 9, 2022, police added.There have been a number of police models have been within the space for an ongoing investigation into the capturing.

“On behalf of our Mayor Mary Alexander Basta, the Village of Bolingbrook, our police division and WeatherTech – our ideas and prayers are prolonged to the sufferer’s and their households,” Bolingbrook Plice Chief Mike Rompa mentioned.

Democratic Congressman Invoice Foster issued a press release on the capturing:

“At the moment, our neighborhood has been shattered by one more act of mindless gun violence. Phrases can not categorical the heartbreak the victims and their households are feeling proper now. My ideas are with them throughout these troublesome instances,” Foster mentioned. “It is a assertion I had hoped I might by no means should make once more in my profession. Simply three years in the past, a capturing at Henry Pratt in Aurora took 5 harmless lives and injured six cops. Fourteen years in the past, considered one of my first official acts as a Congressman was to attend memorial companies for the victims of the NIU shootings in DeKalb. Nobody ought to have to fret about random gun violence whereas going about their regular lives, and we can not settle for this as a brand new actuality… Whereas the small print are nonetheless creating, it is clear we owe a debt of gratitude to the legislation enforcement and first responders who work tirelessly to maintain our communities secure, and rush into hurt’s solution to shield harmless folks.”

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