A small bomb was detonated in the women’s bathroom in an Evanston, Illinois Target this Wednesday afternoon – a Target which has endured protests and condemnations from right wing Christians over the store’s trans-inclusive bathroom policy.
Speaking to WGNT, Chicago Police Commander Joe Dugan said that the bomb had no projectiles and caused minor damage with no injuries. Police are reviewing security footage to see if they can find the perpetrator.
Target has been criticized recently for its stand on allowing people in the LGBT community to choose whichever bathroom they identify mostly with, either male or female, stating the company welcomes, “transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.”
In response, more than 1.3 million people signed an online petition promising to boycott Target. Evanston police say they have not ruled out the explosive device planted here may somehow be connected.
According to the Chicago Tribune, a 44-year-old woman was taken into custody as a “person of interest” although no charges have been filed.
“The detectives are not currently looking for any known additional suspects and [at] this point there is no indication that the incident is related to any policies that the Target store has in place,” police said in a press release.