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There were reports that at least one person was stabbed at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota on Sunday evening. However, it was not yet clear what the motive was behind the attack. The exact number of victims was not yet clear, either, and unconfirmed reports on social media indicated there might be additional victims.
The ages and identities of any victims were not yet released. However, CBS Local reported that authorities had confirmed that at least one person was stabbed and said they had closed the first floor of the Macy’s store.
According to The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, “the stabbing happened in the men’s department at Macy’s on the first level. One person was stabbed in the back; another was stabbed multiple times. The suspect also was wounded.” The newspaper reported that a suspect was arrested. The suspect’s identity was not yet known. However, the newspaper was citing Twitter reports.
One woman wrote about what she described as a frightening experience inside the mall: “Just lived through the scariest experience of my life. I heard someone screaming ‘He got me! He got me!’. I knew something was not right. Some other shoppers ran towards the screaming, and someone (who I believe was the victim’s brother) yelled ‘911!’ I called the police and hid,” she wrote on Twitter. KSTP-TV reported that “The response included Bloomington police, at least one ambulance and the Hennepin County Crime Lab.”
Photos from the scene showed police activity outside the Macy’s. On Twitter, people said the number of those stabbed could range as high as six people, but this was not yet clear. Photos also showed an ambulance outside the MOA. This man’s account was getting attention, but the information in it was not confirmed. He later wrote to members of the news media seeking to interview him: “She was not a witness, only knows what was told by police. Does not wish to speak.”
Police were saying almost nothing about the stabbings as the incident was still unfolding. It’s also not clear whether it has any nexus to terrorism. However, a St. Cloud mall stabbing attack in 2016 was perpetrated by a Somali refugee, Dahir Adan, who stabbed 10 people. He was shot by an off-duty police officer in the Macy’s store of that mall.
This article will be updated as more information becomes known about the Mall of America stabbings.