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Police respond to emergency ‘shots fired’ at Mall of America in Minnesota

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A lockdown was lifted at the Mall of America in Minnesota after police responded to a report of shots fired.

Police say the suspect fled on foot and there were apparently no casualties in the Thursday afternoon incident.

“We have now blocked the scene at the Mall of America and can confirm shots were fired,” Bloomington police posted on their Twitter account, an hour and 20 minutes after the lockdown was put in place.

“This is an isolated incident. The suspect fled the mall on foot and officers are in the process of interviewing witnesses. So far there has been no victim.”

The mall was closed due to an “isolated incident in a tenant space,” according to a tweet from mall officials.

People inside the mall were asked to stay in the nearest safe place until authorities lift the lockdown.

“Mall of America is closed at the moment. There is a confirmed isolated incident in a tenant space. Stay in the nearest safe place until the lockdown is lifted. Stay tuned for more updates,” they tweeted.

The mall, the largest in the United States, is located in Bloomington, Minnesota, and features more than 520 retail stores and 50 restaurants, as well as an indoor theme park and aquarium.

“Currently, we are working on an active incident inside the Mall of America on the northwest side. There are several officers on the scene. We will provide an update when we have more information,” the Bloomington Police Department tweeted.

The mall will be closed overnight.


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