Suspect sought after shots fired at Mall of America, lockdown lifted

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2010 file photo, an entrance to the Mall of America is seen in...
FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2010 file photo, an entrance to the Mall of America is seen in Bloomington, Minn.(Jim Mone | AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
Published: Aug. 4, 2022 at 5:08 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2022 at 6:37 PM CDT
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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (WMTV) - A lockdown at the Mall of America is lifted and police are looking for a suspect after shots were fired at the Minnesota site Thursday afternoon.

The Mall of America stated around 5 p.m. that it was under lockdown and police were on scene.

The Minnesota mall tweeted about the incident, asking people to remain in the closest secure location they could find until the lockdown could be lifted. Mall of America said that there was a “confirmed isolated incident in a tenant space.”

The Bloomington Police Department in Minnesota said it was responding to the incident on the northwest portion inside the mall.

The police department stated in an update around 5:40 that the scene had been secured at the mall and confirmed shots were fired. Police said the suspect ran away and they are now working to interview witnesses to the incident.

The department says they have not found any victims and described the shots fired as an “isolated incident.”

Police added that once the lockdown has been lifted, the mall will be closed for the rest of the evening Thursday.

Police will hold media availability at 8 p.m. on Thursday.

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