Last night a man stabbed multiple people at the Mall of America and has been identified as Mahad Abdiaziz Abdirahaman. He was apparently trying to rob a man in Macy’s when his robbery got interrupted:
Suspect who stabbed shoppers at Mall of America tonight has been identified as 20-year-old Mahad Abdiaziz Abdirahaman.— Alana Mastrangelo (@ARmastrangelo) November 13, 2017
NY POST – Multiple people were stabbed inside the Mall of America on Sunday night, leaving families and kids stunned as they waited to see Santa.
“My daughter could see people lying on the ground who had been stabbed,” Kim Schwieters, who was waiting to see St. Nick with her three children, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
At least three people were wounded in the attack, which is being described by police as “an interrupted theft.”
It happened around 6:45 p.m. in the men’s department of Macy’s, which is not far from the mall’s Santa Experience.
What started as simple robbery attempt quickly escalated into a violent, multi-victim incident after the would-be thief was caught stealing from two men inside a fitting room.
Speaking at a news briefing Sunday night, Bloomington Police officials described how the suspect snuck into the men’s room — as they were modeling outfits for friends outside — and tried swiping some of their belongings.
The pair attempted to stop him, prompting the man to pull a knife. He stabbed them both before being brought down and subdued by other shoppers, cops said.
One victim was reportedly stabbed in the back and another has numerous knife wounds.
Cops wrote on Twitter that the suspect, who was also injured, was taken into custody.
The last time we had a stabbing in a Minnesota mall was in St. Cloud and it was a terrorist attack. This sounds like it was not a terrorist attack but we’ll let you know if that changes.