BUT fight inside in the mall of America escalated into a shootout on Thursday afternoon, leaving the police place shopping center on quarantine for over hour.
Bloomington Police Chief Booker Hodges said the incident began with an altercation between two groups at a Nike store. store cash check in around 16:15 One group left but someone is armed with gun circled back to fire at least three shots store before running away.
A video from the shopping center appears show situation in the Nike store as three loud bangs can be heard.
Another video shows the crowd taking cover from inside. in basement of shopping center.
Video filmed outside shopping center shows people running away from building.
Law enforcement agencies placed a shopping center of America on blocking shortly after the shots. The Bloomington police then lifted the lockdown around 5:40 p.m., announcing that area was provided.
Hodges said police responded to a nearby Best Western hotel where the suspects were thought to have gone, but officers did not find them there.
No confirmed injuries reported. The police were looking for two young adult suspects, but Hodges said there were no arrests. made as of Thursday evening.
“Please turn around inHodges said. in message to suspects. “But should you choose not to, our officers, our partners, our detectives won’t stop until we shut you down up”.
Shopping center of America remained closed for rest of night, but mall spokesman Dan Jasper said that building opens Friday morning with increased security.
“People come to the mall every single day to create memories, have fun, spend time with their families and their loved ones, and I can’t imagine how traumatic event like it for them,” Jasper said. “We are grateful that, thanks to the swift action of law enforcement and mall security, no one was seriously hurt today.”
Hodges condemned the violence but said that even with large security presence in the mall, there is only so much first respondents can do to prevent action of violence, stressing that Bloomington police arrived on the scene within 30 seconds.
“If someone decides that he does not value human life, and decides to pull out weapons,” Hodges said. throwing up his hands: “I don’t know what we can do.”
Police said it was an isolated incident and an immediate threat to public.
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