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Was Algonquin Grocery Store Hit With Molotov Cocktail?

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ALGONQUIN, Ill. (CBS) — An eyewitness in an Algonquin grocery store tells Newsradio it looked like a Molotov cocktail that was thrown into the deli section Sunday afternoon.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports, the deli at Caputo’s, 100 S. Randall Rd., was crowded at the time. Customer Chrisann Herda, was looking around for horseradish with her daughter, who’s not even 2 years old.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports


“And I’m holding her and we’re waiting for our number to be called and all of a sudden I just hear glass break and a whoosh,” Herda said, “and I looked and I’m like ten feet away.”

Herda says she saw a flame that was about 5 feet in diameter shoot up to the ceiling.

Then she says she saw a man – apparently a customer – who had flames up the back of his legs.

“And he’s saying, ‘Ouch, ouch,’” Herda said.

Herda says she didn’t see anybody throw anything, like a Molotov cocktail, but she says others did see a man throw something.

“No idea what his motive was,” Herda said. “But obviously it was to hurt or kill.”

Algonquin police have only confirmed so far they’ve been at the scene.