Minneapolis: On Thursday, someone opened fire in the Mall of America located on the outskirts of Minneapolis, USA. The incident made the visitors run for cover.
Police confirmed that there were no casualties in this panic shooting incident.
“We are still on the lookout for the perpetrators, even after guarding the scene before 6 p.m.,” Bloomington police said. Hindustan Times, Friday, 5 August 2022,
The closure of the mall area forced some visitors to take shelter in the area, while others managed to escape, police said. But the mall will not reopen on Thursday.
A social media video shows a man shouting as he walks into an area near a Nike store, with at least three shots clearly visible.
The Mall of America, which opened in 1992, is the largest mall in the United States and is also a tourist destination and community gathering place.
Videos posted online showed visitors running from the theme park on the ground floor of the sprawling mall, holding their children’s hands and grabbing their bags. Another video shows a couple of cops moving through a mall with a shotgun, and people speeding away from the mall’s largest inner atrium area.
Trent Turner, a salesman at DSW Shoe Stores, whose shop is located under the Nike store, said he was in the back when he heard gunshots. “Then I saw everyone running backwards,” he said.
One woman tweeted that she was shopping for a high school photo with her 17-year-old daughter when the store manager told her to “run away from the store as far as possible.” The woman said that she was in the dressing room with her son. Also, someone else uploaded a video of several people who are said to be gathering here basement This is followed by a warning sound from the mall “Please take cover immediately.”
The woman who claimed the name Tara told The Associated Press That he and his friend were one of the people running out of the mall.
“We were at a Lululemon store and I saw people running around and he was in the locker room so I started banging on his door to get him out. He wasn’t dressed yet, so we ran outside.”
The Mall of America has prohibited visitors from carrying guns on the site, according to its website. There are no metal detectors in the mall and those entering the mall are not searched. It was also the scene of a shooting on New Year’s Eve, when two people were injured during an argument. (Gracia Angelica)