BLOOMINGTON, MN — Multiple people were stabbed inside the Mall of America on Sunday night by a suspect who police say was interrupted while trying to steal items from a Macy’s dressing room.
Speaking at a news briefing Sunday night, Bloomington police officials described how the suspect sneaked into the men’s dressing room — which is not far from the Santa Experience at the mall — at around 6:45 P.M.When one victim tried to stop him from stealing, the suspect pulled out a knife. During the course of the confrontation, the victim and one other man were stabbed.
Police say that the 20-year-old suspect is now in custody. They do not believe that he knew his victims.
Terrified shoppers — including parents and children who were waiting in line to see Santa — described the bloody scene to local media.
“My daughter could see people lying on the ground who had been stabbed,” Kim Schwieters, who was waiting to see Santa with her three children, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Police say victims have been taken to the hospital with non–life threatening injuries.
Some witnesses said they saw the suspect acting erratically before the stabbing, and that he appeared to be having conversations with himself.
Others tweeted that they were forced to hide under clothing racks. “Just lived through the scariest experience of my life,” Jolene Situma wrote on Twitter.
“I heard someone screaming, ‘He got me! He got me!’ I knew something was not right. Some other shoppers ran toward the screaming, and someone (who I believe was the victim’s brother) yelled ‘911!’ I called the police and hid.”
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Main photo: Macy’s at Mall of America [WCCO – CBS Minnesota / YouTube (screenshot)]