Two Shootings In One Day: Mall Of America Suspect Fled; One Shot In Morris, IL

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A shooting at an Illinois apartment complex Thursday resulted in the death of a woman, while another shooting on the same day at a mall in Minnesota sent shoppers running for cover, according to reports.

Police responded to the 500 block of Twilight Drive in Morris, Illinois, on Thursday, shortly after 5:30 p.m., ABC 7 Chicago reported.

A 25-year-old woman was shot near an apartment complex in the area around an hour before and died of her injuries, according to police.

The suspected gunman was later apprehended in the victim's vehicle, a report by WGN Channel 9 said.

Residents of Morris were asked to take shelter for a few hours during the police's search for the suspect, and the lockdown got lifted at around 7:15 p.m.

On the same day, a person opened fire at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, according to a Bloomberg report.

Two groups had gotten into an altercation at one of the complex's stores, Bloomington Police Chief Booker Hodges said at a news conference that night.

One of the groups left, but someone in that group decided to fire three rounds into a store with people around, the official added.

A man shouted as he walked near the Mall of America's Nike store with at least three apparent gunshots, supposed footage of the incident that was posted on social media showed.

Shoppers took cover while others fled amid a lockdown. Meanwhile, the suspect fled on foot, Reuters reported.

A Bloomington police officer was on the scene within 30 seconds, and it was secured shortly before 6 p.m., according to police.

"Fortunately, at this time it doesn’t appear that anyone was injured," Hodges said.

Police are looking for two people, one of whom had a weapon, the police chief noted.

The Mall of America was scheduled to reopen Friday with more security and police on site, mall spokesman Dan Jasper said.

Guns are reportedly banned on Mall of America premises, but the mall does not have metal detectors, and shoppers are not searched upon entry.

Following the shooting, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz released a statement on Twitter.

"Tonight's violence at the Mall of America is unacceptable. These brazen incidents will not be tolerated," he wrote.


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Representation. Several shots were fired inside a Mall of America Thursday, police confirmed.
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