Mall of America to reopen after Thursday’s shooting

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BLOOMINGTON, Minnesota — The Mall of America is expected to reopen Friday as police continue to search for the two suspects wanted in Thursday’s shooting.

At the moment, police say no one was injured, but the shooting caused shoppers to panic and the mall was closed. The mall eventually closed for the evening.

Bloomington Police Chief Booker Hodges says it was a brawl at the Mall of America Nike store that led to the second shooting at the mall in less than eight months.

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“Instead of running away, they decided to show a total disrespect for human life,” Hodges said.

The suspects fired a total of three shots. Hodges says police were on the scene within 30 seconds while others tried to get to safety.

“We try to hear what’s happening, we come up the escalator and then we hear pop pop pop. We just keep running I guess,” Yussuf Malin said.

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No one was arrested in the shooting Friday morning. The police are asking the two people they are looking for to turn themselves in.

“If someone decides they don’t value human life and chooses to draw a weapon, I don’t know what we can do,” Hodges said.

The mall will reopen on Friday morning with normal opening hours and an increased security presence.

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Police have not released a description of the suspects.

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