A 19-year-old man was killed Friday night time in a taking pictures at a retailer within the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minneapolis, police mentioned.
The sufferer, whose id has not been launched, was shot throughout a struggle that occurred on the primary flooring of Nordstrom, Police Chief Booker Hodges instructed reporters.
Mall safety video recorded the altercation, which occurred between two teams of between 5 and 9 individuals. In the course of the struggle, a male pulled out a gun and fired a number of pictures on the sufferer, Hodges mentioned.
It was unclear what led to the struggle. He mentioned a gaggle of 5 to seven individuals fled out a door after the taking pictures, and no arrests had been made as of late Friday.
Hodges expressed frustration with the state of affairs, and referred to as on anybody concerned to show themselves in.
“This can be a tragedy and I’m actually making an attempt to include how I actually really feel about this, however we’re going to catch these individuals, imagine that,” he mentioned.
He mentioned his ideas have been with the victims’ household who’re “having to bury one in every of their family members.”
“They’re in ache, and rightfully so, and for one thing that ought to not have occurred,” Hodges mentioned.
The taking pictures occurred shortly earlier than 8 p.m., and the mall was positioned on lockdown. The mall tweeted at 10:10 p.m. that the lockdown was being lifted.
It occurred on the busy buying day earlier than Christmas Eve. Hodges mentioned 16 officers have been within the mall Friday, together with one close to the Nordstrom who heard the pictures.
A bystander’s coat was grazed by a bullet however no different accidents have been reported, Hodges mentioned.
The mall, which opened in 1992, experimented with steel detectors at a few of its entrances earlier this 12 months, KARE has reported. The mall instructed the station then that it was testing choices “which will enable us to additional improve” safety methods.
Earlier this 12 months, a person fired three pictures in entrance of a retailer within the mall, the station reported.