Scene of panic in the United States: shots fired in the country's largest shopping mall
Eva Deschamps / August 5, 2022
Shots created panic Thursday in the Mall of America, the largest shopping mall in the country located near Minneapolis (North), before the police announced that the incident, which seems to have not caused any victim, was over.
Law enforcement officials, who had cordoned off the site, announced early yesterday evening that the situation was returning to normal, although the mall would remain closed for the evening. This is an isolated incident, tweeted police in the Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington, noting that the suspect had fled the scene on foot, and that at this point, no victims have been located.
The circumstances in which these shots were fired remain unknown for the moment.
Images circulating on social networks, which could not be immediately authenticated, showed families running out of the huge shopping complex, which has no less than 500 stores.
Please stay in a safe place until security measures are lifted, the mall's management had tweeted.
A video posted on Twitter appears to show a person screaming his way into a Nike store. Several gunshots are heard soon after.
In another video, frightened families are seen running with children in strollers or pulling them by the hand, while guards patrol the area with their weapons drawn.
A message is heard over the loudspeakers: Attention, if you are not yet in a safe place, seek shelter immediately.