Two first responders and an ambulance are seen after reports of shots fired at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., on Dec. 23, 2022. (Kerem Yücel/Minnesota Public Radio via AP)
Five people have been arrested following a shooting at the Mall of America—the nation’s largest shopping center—that had forced it to go into temporary lockdown and had killed a 19-year-old male, police said on Dec. 24.
Bloomington Police Chief Booker Hodges told reporters at an early evening news conference that all five suspects—two 18-year-olds and three 17-year-olds, all male—would be charged with second-degree murder, reported the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
SWAT team officers from three jurisdictions took the five into custody in the morning of Dec. 24, at a place in nearby St. Louis Park, Hodges said.
One of the 18-year-olds is believed to be the shooter, although another person may have also fired a weapon, Hodges said.
Meanwhile, a sixth suspect was still being sought.
“In Bloomington, if you come here and murder people at our mall, you get one of these at Christmas,” Hodges said as he held up an orange prison jumpsuit, reported the outlet.
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