Friday, a 19-year-old was murdered in a shooting at the Mall of America in the United States, according to Bloomington Police Chief Booker Hodges. According to authorities, an incident occurred between two groups, after which someone drew a pistol and shot the victim many times, as reported by the AP.
The victim, according to Bloomington Police Chief Booker Hodges, was a 19-year-old male. One bullet also grazed the jacket of a passerby.
The Mall of America was put on temporary lockdown after reports of gunfire. The Mall of America’s Twitter feed verified the lockdown and instructed customers to stay in “the nearest safe place.”
On Friday evening, customers at the Mall of America were frightened by the sounds of gunshots, prompting the mall to be placed on lockdown for around one hour. The Bloomington Police Department responded soon before eight the night, according to a statement from the mall.
The shooting scene at the Mall of America has been secured. The BPD collaborates with MOA Security and the Hennepin County Crime Lab to investigate the area. Recently, the MOA’s lockdown was released. Please only enter the area until further notice. Twitter provides further details.
AP said that police are hunting for the culprit after securing the crime site.
According to Bloomington Police, officers and emergency medical services responded to the mall location where the reported gunshot’ occurred. The event occurs at a time when malls and shopping centers around the United States are seeing a massive influx of passengers prior to the holiday season.
Guests were requested to leave the Mall of America grounds when the lockdown was lifted.
“Mall of America is now reopening its doors. Guests must immediately vacate the premises. Mall of America is now closed for the night. Please remain tuned for a further announcement, “The Mall of America sent a tweet.
Mall of America is finally reopening its doors. Guests must immediately vacate the premises. Mall of America is now closed for the night. Please remain tuned for further announcements.
The mall, which was opened in 1992, is the biggest in the United States and serves as a tourist attraction and community hub.