“Hulle het besluit om 'n totale gebrek aan respek vir menselewe te toon,” Booker Hodges, polisiehoof van Bloomington, Donderdagaand op 'n perskonferensie gesê. “They decided to fire multiple rounds into a store with people.”
No one was struck by the gunfire and the suspects fled the mall, which remained closed through Thursday evening following a lockdown.
One video of the altercation showed a man yelling outside a Nike store on the second level before firing what sounded like multiple gunshots.
A Bloomington police officer was on the scene within 30 seconds of the gunfire. Several officers could be seen patrolling the mall with rifles after the shooting as a PA system instructed shoppers to seek shelter.
Andy Paras, the news director for Fox 55 Fort Wayne, posted videos showing the chaotic scene, saying that a woman had to block the entrance to make sure no one else entered the mall.
“Tonight’s violence at the Mall of America is unacceptable. These brazen incidents will not be tolerated,” Minnesota Gov. Tim Wals getwiet. “We are committed to maintaining an unprecedented state law enforcement presence in the Twin Cities until we put a stop to this rise in crime.”