Watch: Shooting at Mall of America, Lockdown Lifted & Mall To Reopen Friday
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (8:30PM Update) — Police confirming that gunshots were fired at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, but say there are no victims and they are still searching for a suspect.
A video posted on social media inside the mall late Thursday afternoon featured a young man heard shouting as he walked near the Nike store, with at least three apparent gunshots.
That sent people scrambling for safety and the mall into lockdown for a couple of hours.
Police responded to the scene within 30 seconds and later confirming shots were fired and said it was an isolated incident.
They say two groups got into an argument inside the store.
One group left, but a member of the other group returned, pulled out a gun and shot into the busy store before fleeing.
“They decided to demonstrate a complete lack of respect for human life. Please, turn yourself in,” said Booker T. Hodges the Bloomington Police Chief.
The suspect remains on the run.
The lockdown was lifted early this evening and the mall closed for the night.
The mall will reopen Friday morning with an increased law enforcement presence.
“Tonight’s violence at the Mall of America is unacceptable,” said Governor Tim Walz. “These brazen incidents will not be tolerated. State resources are on the scene, we have offered our full support, and we will maintain close communication with Bloomington police to apprehend those responsible. We are committed to maintaining an unprecedented state law enforcement presence in the Twin Cities until we put a stop to this rise in crime.”
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. 5:55pm update — Police in Bloomington responding to a shooting late this afternoon at Mall of America.
Video posted on social media shows chaos and confusion as people rushed out of the building.
On another video from inside the mall, you could clearly hear shots fired from outside the Nike store.
Bloomington Police confirming shots were fired and say it is an isolated incident.
The suspect fled the mall on foot and officers are in the process of interviewing witnesses.
The mall is in the process of lifting the lockdown, and will then close for the evening.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Police are responding to a possible shooting at the Mall of America.
Mall of America spokesman Dan Jasper confirmed that the mall was locked down Thursday afternoon but had no other details.
Bloomington police confirmed on Twitter that they were working “an active incident” with numerous officers on the scene. They gave no other details.
Video posted to social media showed what appeared to be a man shouting as he walked near the complex’s Nike store, with at least three apparent gunshots.