Arrests made in deadly Minnesota Mall of American shooting

Fox News reports that the authorities have now arrested five people in connection with the recent Mall of America shooting.

This is the shooting that occurred at the Mall of America shopping center in Bloomington, Minnesota, on Friday.

What happened?

According to the Bloomington Police Department, security camera footage shows that the shooting occurred during an altercation that took place between two groups of young males just before 8 p.m. at the first floor of the shopping center’s Nordstrom store. The altercation began with physical fighting before one individual pulled out a gun.

The cause of the altercation, which is reported to have lasted about 30 seconds, was not immediately clear. The authorities said that there were between five and nine people involved in the altercation, and it ended with the two groups running out of a nearby door.

The shooting left one individual dead. The victim, thus far, has only been identified by authorities as a 19-year-old African American male. He is said to have been directly hit by multiple bullets and to have died at the scene.

Another individual, described as a female, is said to have had her clothing grazed by a bullet. But, she was otherwise uninjured in the shooting.

Police respond and lockdown the mall

The authorities quickly responded to the shooting and placed the mall under lockdown, an order that has since been lifted.

Bloomington Police Chief Booker Hodges held a press conference in which he said, “Whoever did this, we will catch them. And, whoever helps them, we will lock you up, too. This is just stupid, stupid, stupid.”

Hodges also called upon the suspect or suspects to turn themselves in.

That didn’t happen. But, it does appear that the police have had some success in their investigation.

Five are arrested

Over the weekend, the Bloomington Police Department arrested five young males in connection with the shooting, three 17-year-olds and two 18-year-olds.

The arrests were made on Saturday morning, at 8:40 a.m., when the Bloomington Police Department SWAT team conducted a raid at a house in the city.

Hodges subsequently put out a statement in which he said, “I’m fairly confident we do have the person responsible for murdering the victim in custody.”

Hodges also provided an update regarding a possible motive for the altercation. He said that it could have resulted from a “long-standing feud” between the two groups. But, this has yet to be officially confirmed.