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1 Jan, 2022 02:01

Mall of America forced into lockdown after reports of active shooter (VIDEO)

A shopping mall in Minnesota was briefly put into lockdown after shots rang out inside on New Year’s Eve
Mall of America forced into lockdown after reports of active shooter (VIDEO)

Two people have been injured in a shooting at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. Shoppers were ordered to take shelter inside, as multiple police descended on the building.

The incident took place at about 4:30pm on Friday local time, as the mall was full of visitors hunting for presents several hours before the state was to usher in 2022.

Footage from the scene shows officers running towards the entrance, as shoppers flee the scene. Although most evacuees appear to be relatively calm, several people can be heard screaming in the background.

Another clip shows paramedics attending to an apparent victim of the shooting as several onlookers watch.

Police reported that two people suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the incident. One of the male victims was shot in the leg, and the other was a bystander who was grazed by a bullet, police said later. The shooting was preceded by a row between the first male victim and the shooter on the third floor.

As the situation unfolded, shoppers huddled together in crowded stores.

“Active shooter. Third floor. Safe for now. What a f’d up story for New Year’s Eve. Can’t wait for a drink later tonight,” one witness tweeted.

The lockdown was lifted less than an hour after the incident was reported, with police saying they were no longer looking for the suspect inside the mall. It’s unclear if anyone was arrested following the shooting.