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Shooting forces Mall of America into lockdown

Police responded to reports of shots fired inside the iconic shopping center in Minnesota

At least one person has reportedly been shot inside the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota on Friday evening. Shoppers were ordered to take shelter inside, as multiple police descended on the building.

“Bloomington Police and EMS are on scene of a reported shooting at the Mall Of America. MOA is on lockdown. Please stay out of the area,” local police announced in a tweet.

The mall itself urged the visitors to “please remain in the closest secure location until the lockdown has been lifted,” in a separate tweet.

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At least one person was shot and killed, according to Fox Minneapolis, but authorities have yet to officially confirm the number of victims.

Footage from the scene showed at least half a dozen police, EMS and fire department vehicles near the entrance to the building. Another video, allegedly from inside the building, captured an announcement via loudspeakers urging those “who are not currently in a secure location” to “seek shelter immediately.”

December 24, 2022 at 08:24AM
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