BLOOMINGTON, Minnesota — Five people are in custody — including three juveniles — after a 19-year-old man died in a shooting that forced the Mall of America to close Friday night.
Bloomington Police Chief Booker Hodges says officers heard gunshots on the first floor of Nordstrom around 7:50 p.m. There were 16 employees in the mall at the time of the shooting.
Hodges says there appears to have been a physical altercation before the shooting involving between five and nine people. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
A bystander was hit by a stray bullet in their jacket, but was not injured.
In an update Saturday afternoon, Hodges announced that five people were arrested Saturday morning at a residence in the 200 block of Shelard Parkway in St. Louis Park in connection with the shooting. Among those detained are three 17-year-old boys and two 18-year-old men.
Police are still investigating the motive.
“We know how, we know where, we know what and we know who. We don’t know why,” Hodges said.
All suspects have pending charges of second-degree murder, police said. The three 17-year-olds are being held at the Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Center. Police say charges are possible by Tuesday.
Videos posted on social media show shoppers hiding in stores. Some videos show shoppers running for cover after a loud blast is heard. A bystander’s coat was scratched by a bullet.
This is the second Mall of America lockdown this year–caused a deadlock in August. On the mall was placed on lockdown after two people were shot on the third level of the mall.
The mall prohibits weapons on the premises, but does not have metal detectors at its entrances. A month-long trial of the use of “” at its northern entrance in October.
While the mall reopened Saturday morning, the Nordstrom store remained closed.
“I really feel for the family, the mother, the father, the other relatives that the mayor and I talked to before I got here — they’re hurting, and rightfully so, for something that shouldn’t have happened,” Hodges said.
Gov. Tim Waltz said Saturday morning that the violence at the mall Friday night was “absolutely unacceptable.” He said he was in touch with local authorities to provide support and resources.
The Mall of America released the following statement Friday evening: “Shortly before 8:00 pm this evening, the Bloomington Police Department responded to a shooting at a tenant premises. As a result, the Mall of America was locked down. The block has since been lifted. The mall is now closed for the evening.”
WCCO generally does not identify individuals who have not been charged as adults.
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