Police arrest temp in shooting of three coworkers at client site; one victim dies


A temporary employee at a distribution center for WeatherTech in Bolingbrook, Illinois, was arrested after shooting at three co-workers on Saturday morning, the Bolingbrook Police Department reported. The shooter had been confronted about a robbery.

One of the shooting victims died, and the two others were sent to a hospital.

The suspect, Charles McKnight Jr., 27, of Chicago, was arrested later Saturday at a home and taken into custody without incident, the police reported. A handgun was found as well as proceeds from a robbery. McKnight was employed through a temporary staffing firm and had been assigned to the WeatherTech facility since June 9.

McKnight faces one count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder.

A preliminary investigation found McKnight was confronted by employees near the end of an overnight shift. They had accused him of robbing two co-workers of a watch and a wallet at gunpoint. An argument took place during the confrontation, according to police, and McKnight pulled out a handgun and shot three co-workers.

One worker died. Police identified him as Central Hightower, 37, of Plainfield, Illinois. The other victims included a 25-year-old male, who was also one of the robbery victims, and a 43-year-old male. The 25-year-old was in critical condition at a hospital, police reported Saturday. The 43-year-old was treated and released.

Police said the shooting does not appear to be premeditated.

ABC 7 in Chicago reported that McKnight is being held in jail on a $5 million bond.