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America’s largest mall under lockdown in ‘active incident’

/ 07:05 AM August 05, 2022
A sign guides customers to a curbside pickup location at the Mall of America on June 16, 2020 in Bloomington, Minnesota, after some of the shops at the mall reopened on June 10. - The mall was initially closed due to the coronavirus pandemic and remained closed due to unrest following the death in police custody of George Floyd. (Photo by Kerem

A sign guides customers to a curbside pickup location at the Mall of America on June 16, 2020 in Bloomington, Minnesota, after some of the shops at the mall reopened. (AFP / file photo)

WASHINGTON – America’s largest mall went into lockdown Thursday over what police described as an “active incident,” with reports of shots being fired, sparking scenes of chaos inside the giant complex in midwestern Minnesota.

Footage shared on social media — which could not be immediately authenticated — showed panicked shoppers running through the sprawling mall in Bloomington, which has more than 500 stores.

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“Mall of America is currently under lockdown,” the mall tweeted on its official account, saying there had been a “confirmed isolated incident in a tenant space.”

“Please remain in the closest secure location until the lockdown has been lifted,” the mall wrote.

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A video posted to Twitter appears to show a person shouting while walking into a Nike store. Several gunshots are then heard.

In a separate video, families pushing children in strollers are seen running through the mall in fear, clutching bags of shopping, while security guards patrol the premises with guns drawn.

A message can be heard on a loudspeaker, telling shoppers, “Attention: those who are not currently in a secure location, seek shelter immediately.”

Bloomington police tweeted they were “currently working an active incident inside Mall of America” and that “numerous officers are on scene.”

There were no initial reports of casualties.

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