Mall of America Lockdown Lifted After Pictures: Police

Shoppers were escorted to the Mall of America for safety on Thursday after police said shots were fired at the Minnesota mall.

The Bloomington Police Department responded to an “active incident” on the northwest side of the mall Thursday evening. in a tweetsaying at the time that “multiple officers are on the scene.”

Within an hour, the police department said officers had done just that secured the scene. The suspect was not arrested, and there were no injuries, police said.

The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., is on lockdown until 2022. August 4

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Bloomington Police Department Chief Booker Hodges said at a press conference that shots were fired near the Nike store and officers arrived on the scene within 30 seconds.

“When we look at the video, we can see that the two groups got into some sort of altercation at the checkout counter of the Nike store,” Hodges said. “One of the groups left, but instead of leaving, they decided to show a complete lack of respect for human life by firing several rounds into a shop full of people.”

Those responsible have not yet been identified, the chief said.

“This is an isolated incident,” the department said Twitter. “The suspect fled the police station on foot, and officers are currently interviewing witnesses.”

Mall of America warned announced via Twitter that it had closed “after a confirmed isolated incident” at one of its tenant facilities.

Footage from shoppers showed people huddling in place, including a large crowd in the mall’s basement.

Since then the lock has been raised. Shoppers on the second floor of the mall were asked to wait for an escort, while everyone else was advised to leave.

The mall will be closed for the rest of the evening.

The mall is located in Bloomington, a suburb of the Twin Cities.

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