Bloomington Police confirmed to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS at 5:13 p.m. that two people had been shot and officers were searching for the people responsible.
In a press conference shortly after 6:30 p.m., Deputy Chief Kim Clausen said that there were already extra patrols in place at the mall due to holiday shopping.
At about 5 p.m., one officer patrolling near the north side of the third floor heard a single shot fired and immediately alerted mall security. Within a minute, Clausen said, the mall went into lockdown and police found a male with a gunshot wound to the leg. Officers provided aid until he was taken by Allina paramedics to Hennepin County Medical Center.
Clausen said an “altercation” between two males resulted in one shooting the other. The suspect fled the scene.
There was a second victim who was “probably grazed” by a bullet and treated on the scene, Clausen said. No one else was hurt.
A person in the mall described to KSTP’s Callan Gray what the moment was like when he heard “a loud bang.”
— Callan Gray (@CallanGrayNews) December 31, 2021
At 5:42 p.m., police said officers had secured the scene and the mall was back to normal operations. Officers were also no longer looking for the suspects at the mall.
Clausen said no weapon had been recovered and did not specify if anyone was in custody.
5:44 PM METRO Blue Line update: Service resuming into and out of Mall of America Transit Ctr after earlier police activity. Thank you for your patience as we get back on schedule. ^CB
— Metro Transit (@MetroTransitMN) December 31, 2021
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