- Two people were shot and injured at the Mall of America on New Year’s Eve, local police said.
- The Minnesota mall was temporarily locked down and canceled an evening New Year’s event.
- A fight had occurred in the mall prior to the gunshot, Bloomington’s deputy police chief said.
Two people were shot at the Mall of America, one of the biggest malls in the US, on New Year’s Eve.
The incident took place on Friday around 5 p.m. CT at the Mall of America, which is located in Bloomington, Minnesota, just outside of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.
The shooting prompted the mall to go into lockdown.
A producer from local TV station WCCO said that while shopping at the Apple Store, the store’s management asked her and other customers to move to the back of the store. Another local station, FOX 9, showed photos of shoppers sheltering in the back of a Nickelodeon store on its website.
In a news briefing, Bloomington Police Department Deputy Chief Kim Clausen said that a fight occurred between two males prior to the gunshot.
According to the police, one victim, a male, suffered a leg wound and was transported to the hospital. The other, also male, had a minor injury and was treated at the mall.
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The police have not yet identified a suspect. Detectives were at the scene investigating leads, Clausen said.
Dan Jasper, the Mall of America’s VP of communications, estimated that the mall was under lockdown for about 45 minutes. The mall closed at 6 p.m. Central Time.
The mall had originally scheduled a New Year’s celebration for later in the evening, but that event was canceled in the wake of the shooting, Jasper said.
Jasper said the Mall of America holds monthly lockdown drills with its tenants in preparation for incidents such as Friday’s shooting.
“We are grateful that nobody was seriously injured this evening,” he said.