5 arrested in fatal shooting at Mall of America in Minnesota

BLOOMINGTON, Minne. – Five people were arrested in the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man in the Mall of America That locked down the sprawling commercial center in one of the final days of the Christmas shopping season, police said on Saturday.

At an evening news conference, Bloomington Police Chief Booker Hodges announced the arrests related to Friday night’s shooting in Bloomington, a Minneapolis suburb, and said all would be charged with murder. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

Hodges said the suspects arrested were two 18-year-old men and three 17-year-old male youths who were taken into custody by SWAT team officers at a home in nearby St. Louis Park in the morning, according to the Star Tribune in three jurisdictions.

The chief added that one of the 18-year-olds is believed to be the shooter, although another suspect may also have fired a gun. A sixth suspect is still being sought.

“If you come here in Bloomington and murder people in our mall, you get something like this for Christmas,” the newspaper quoted Hodges as saying while holding up an orange prison suit.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz tweeted Saturday that the mall shooting was “absolutely unacceptable.” We are in touch with local officials to provide them with the support and resources they need.”

Police have not yet identified the 19-year-old who was killed, but Bloomington Police Chief and Mayor Tim Busse has spoken to the man’s loved ones.

The shooting at the Nordstrom store in the country’s largest mall on Friday caused terrified shoppers to run to safety. The jacket of a passer-by is said to have been struck by a bullet.

According to police, there appeared to be some sort of altercation between the two groups, which escalated into a fistfight, and someone pulled out a gun and shot the victim multiple times. The entire incident lasted about 30 seconds.

A nearby Bloomington police officer – one of 16 stationed at the mall that day – heard the gunshots around 7:50 p.m. The officer attempted life-saving measures but was unable to save the victim.

The lockdown lasted about an hour before the mall tweeted that shoppers were being sent outside. Videos posted on social media showed people hiding in stores and an announcement at the mall warned people to take shelter.

Since opening in 1992, the Mall of America has been a tourist destination and community gathering place. It bans guns on the premises, but shoppers generally don’t have to go through metal detectors. The mall said in October it was testing a “weapons detection system” at one of its entrances.

The mall went into lockdown in August after a reported shooting prompted some shoppers to take cover and lastly injured two people New Year’s Eve during an apparent altercation.

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