'Active incident' prompts lockdown at Mall of America
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Bloomington Police confirmed shots were fired inside the mall but have not located a victim.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn — The Mall of America is in the process of lifting a lockdown following a shooting inside the building.

Bloomington Police confirmed at 5:40 p.m. that shots were fired inside the mall earlier Thursday afternoon and said the suspect fled the mall on foot.

Police have secured the scene at the mall, but at this time “have not located a victim.” Once the lockdown is fully lifted, the mall will remain closed for the rest of the evening.

Bloomington Police confirmed just before 5 p.m. that the department had “numerous officers” on scene “working an active incident” inside the mall.

In a later tweet, Mall of America called it a “confirmed isolated incident” but would not specify a shooting.

Ava Malloy, an employee at Air Traffic Toys in the Mall of America, spoke to KARE 11 over the phone while in lockdown. “I turned off the lights and everyone’s huddled behind something,” Ava said.

“We were working with customers and then all of a sudden there were people running in the store. There was probably about 25 to 30 people and we looked and thought they were kids just goofing around,” Macy’s employee Brenda Wachello said via phone while taking cover inside the store. “And then people were saying ‘There’s a shooter.”

KARE 11’s Morgan Wolfe spoke to a woman who said she heard “two gunshots above the DSW.” The woman was able to leave the mall, but said her daughter remained inside under lockdown.

This is a developing story. KARE 11 will provide more details as new information becomes available.

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