The shooting occurred at a Kohl’s department store in Romeoville, Chicago (Reuters)
The shooting occurred at a Kohl’s department store in Romeoville, Chicago (Reuters)

A man believed to be involved in a shoplifting scheme during Black Friday has been shot by police after dragging an officer around a car park in his car.

Police were called to the Kohl's department store in Romeoville, Chicago following reports of a man stealing clothes from a shop.

When officers arrived at the scene they were confronted by a man attempting to escape. The suspect ran into his car, followed by one of the officers. As the suspect drove away, the officer was partially inside the vehicle and was dragged along the floor.

Police fired at the vehicle three times, hitting the driver in the shoulder. The police officer was also injured in the incident. Both were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The suspected shoplifter and two additional suspects were arrested.

Monica Fernandez, 41, told the Chicago Sun Times: "When I pulled the car in, I heard the gunshots. I ducked under my seat.

"It's crazy. Romeoville doesn't have a lot of crime like that."

Shoppers are reported to have carried on shopping inside the store even after police had marked the crime scene off.

The shooting occurred during Black Friday, considered to be the biggest shopping day of the year in the US.


Elsewhere fights have broken out at Walmart stores across America.

Videos captured by witnesses and posted on social media show shoppers brawling as long queues and low supplies boil over into frustration.

The hashtag #brawlmart has even trended on Twitter as public interest in the fighting grows.