Police: Mall of America shooting claims the life of a 19-year-old.
A shooting at the Mall of America on Friday that terrified patrons and quickly put the country’s largest retail complex on lockdown just before the holiday weekend claimed the life of a teenager, according to police.
The victim, according to Bloomington Police Chief Booker Hodges, was a 19-year-old man.
During the incident at the mall’s Nordstrom, a bullet also grazed a spectator’s jacket.
The man was shot multiple times during what seemed to be some sort of fight between two groups, according to the chief.
The whole thing took place for roughly 30 seconds.
Hodges asked the shooter and the other combatants to report to the police.
He also urged people not to help the accused evade capture.
The obviously furious chief stated, “If somebody assists these guys, I mean so much as buy them a Happy Meal, give them a ride.”
“We’re going to imprison you with them.”
Hodges stated that although the mall is anticipated to reopen on Saturday, the Nordstrom shop will not.
The mall has served as a tourist destination and a hub for neighbourhood gatherings ever since it opened in 1992.
Although it prohibits guns on the property, consumers are typically not compelled to go through metal detectors.
The mall said in October that one of its entrances was being used to test a “weapons detecting system.”
Hodges stated that the shopping centre is always assessing its security measures, including the potential for adding