Gunshots spark panic at giant mall
An apparent dispute by armed suspects spares lives.
WASHINGTON (AFP) — Gunshots caused panic at America’s largest mall on Thursday, but the incident was soon resolved with no victims reported, according to officials.
The giant Mall of America complex in the midwestern state of Minnesota went into lockdown Thursday afternoon in what police described as an “active incident.”
Footage shared on social media, which could not be immediately authenticated, showed panicked shoppers running through the sprawling mall, which has more than 500 stores.
Police in the city of Bloomington described the event as “an isolated incident,” saying the suspect had fled the mall on foot.
“Based on information from (police), this was an isolated dispute between the suspects and there is no longer a threat,” the Mall of America (MOA)said in a statement on Twitter. “MOA is scheduled to reopen Friday at 10 a.m.”
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