BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Two people were wounded after an apparent altercation at the Mall of America on Friday, causing the Minneapolis-area mall to be placed on lockdown.
Shoppers scrambled for safety after shots rang out at the mall at about 5 p.m. CST, the Star-Tribune of Minneapolis reported.
Bloomington Deputy Police Chief Kim Clauson said an officer heard a shot fired on the third floor of the mall, KMSP-TV reported. The officer found one man who was shot in the leg and another man who was grazed by a bullet, the television station reported.
The mall was secured at about 5:42 p.m. CST and closed at its scheduled time about 15 minutes later, KMSP reported.
No arrests have been made, according to the Star-Tribune. Clauson said the shooting did not appear to be random.
“It does appear there was an altercation between two males before the shot was fired,” Clauson told reporters.
The man shot in the leg was taken to Hennepin Healthcare for treatment and is expected to survive, WCCO-TV reported. Police said he was involved in the altercation.
The man grazed by a bullet was a bystander and was treated at the scene. He was not hospitalized, according to WCCO.
Police are still looking for the gunman.
The Mall of America bans guns on its premises, according to its website. However, there are no metal detectors and shoppers are not searched when they enter the mall, the Star-Tribune reported. Mall spokesperson Dan Jasper told the newspaper that lockdown drills are performed each month to prepare for shooting scenarios.
The mall reopened Saturday.
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