Teen arrested in connection with Mall of America shooting that left two injured

Bloomington Police Department SWAT officers took Latrell Avonte Littles, a 19-year-old St. Paul resident, into custody just before 5 p.m. on Sunday. 

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Two people were shot and wounded following an apparent altercation at the Mall of America on Friday, sending New Year's Eve shoppers scrambling for safety and placing the Minneapolis mall on temporary lockdown, authorities said. 

Two people were shot and wounded following an apparent altercation at the Mall of America on Friday, sending New Year’s Eve shoppers scrambling for safety and placing the Minneapolis mall on temporary lockdown, authorities said.  ((Alex Kormann/Star Tribune via AP))

He was identified as someone seen leaving the scene with the suspected shooter. He is charged with aiding and abetting first-degree assault. 

Officers responded to the massive shopping mall where a shot lockdown was initiated. One officer was in the area of the shooting and heard a gunshot. 

“The victim and the suspect in this investigation appear to have had past contacts and this was not a random assault,” a Bloomington police statement said. 

One male was shot in the leg and another was treated by first responders for unspecified injury and released at the scene. 

People sheltered in the Nickelodeon Shop at the Mall of America Friday evening. 

People sheltered in the Nickelodeon Shop at the Mall of America Friday evening.  ((Courtesy @zr0XPerience))

The shooting resulted in the mall canceling its planned New Year’s Eve celebration. The shopping center reopened the next morning. 

The shooting remains under investigation. 

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