The suspect in the fatal Weather Tech shooting had already been criminally charged


CHICAGO (SCS) —We learn new details about the suspect in the fatal shooting at a well-known business in the southern suburb of Bolingbrook.

One person died and two others were injured at a WeatherTech facility. CBS 2’s Shardaa Gray has more.

The bond is set at $5 million for the man accused of shooting and killing a worker and injuring two others at the WeatherTech facility in Bolingbrook on Saturday.

Charles McKnight, 27, is charged with the murder of Central Hightower, 37.

Prosecutors said that near the end of the night shift, WeatherTech employees confronted McKnight, claiming he robbed two co-workers and stole a watch and wallet at gunpoint.

This sparked an argument that led to the shooting, which police say does not appear to be premeditated. When police arrested him, officers found the items stolen from McKnight along with a handgun.

He worked for a temp agency called REM, a family business, located in Forest Park.

We went there to find out about their hiring policy and background checks, which forwarded the request to its media relations spokesperson, who said the company was shocked after learning of the fatal shooting.

WeatherTech uses another company to perform background checks that go back at least seven years. McKnight’s information came back clear.

The company said he also signed an affidavit, saying he had no priors. He faced criminal charges in several cases: in 2016, for disorderly conduct, in 2015, criminal intrusion into a vehicle, in 2014, simple assault and in 2013, he was charged with disorderly conduct.

But all charges were dropped.

McKnight had been assigned to the Bolingbrook WeatherTech facility since June 9. One of the men shot dead is in critical condition, the third injured man was treated and released from hospital on Saturday.


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