Police say 19-year-old man killed in shooting inside Mall of America

A 19-year-old man was shot dead Friday night inside a Nordstrom store at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, officials said. The shooting prompted a lockdown for over an hour.

Bloomington Police Chief Booker Hodges told reporters at a late-night news briefing that gunshots were heard coming from the first floor of the Nordstrom at around 7:50 pm local time. Officers responded to find a victim with multiple gunshot wounds.

Hodges said the victim died at the scene despite life-saving efforts. His name was not immediately provided.

According to Hodges, surveillance video showed the shooting appeared to have been triggered by “some sort of altercation between two groups” of men.

A woman’s jacket, described by Hodges as an “innocent bystander,” was also grazed by a bullet, but she was unharmed.

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A police officer stands inside the Nordstrom at the Mall of America after the December 23, 2022 shooting in Bloomington, Minnesota.

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The suspect has not yet been arrested, Hodges said. After shooting, about 5 to 7 people rushed out of the store.

“We are in the process of identifying suspects,” Hodges said.

mall was placed blockade Customers and employees were asked to “stay in the nearest safe place” after the shots were fired. The lockdown was lifted shortly after 9pm local time.

It’s the second time in five months that the Mall of America has been shut down due to shootings. August 4th, fired It was near the checkout of the Nike store, but no one was injured.

The shooting caused chaos and panicked customers and employees fled for safety. Hodges said there was also an altercation between the two groups at the time. Hodges said one of the group walked away, but then returned and one shot him into the store three times.

Two men suspected of involvement in shooting arrested A few days later, it follows a multi-agency manhunt. Three of his other men were also arrested for helping the two escape.

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