The Bloomington Police Department stated early Sunday (December 25) morning that two adults and three minors had been detained in connection with the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man at the Mall of America on Friday (December 23).
The two adults, Taeshawn Adams Wright and Deandre Antioun Depratto, were both arrested and charged with second-degree murder.
They arrested three more suspects, all of whom were 17 years old, for second-degree murder.
Chief Booker Hodges of the Bloomington Police Department stated that while they believe they have at least one shooter in custody, they have not ruled out the possibility of a second gunman and are still trying to determine a motive, as the five suspects do not appear to be cooperative with the investigation.
Hodges told reporters on Saturday (December 24) via NBC News, “We know the how, the where, the what, and the who, but we don’t know the why.”
According to Hodges, the deceased was shot during a brawl on the first floor of the Nordstrom store in the Mall of America, but local authorities have not made the victim’s identity public.
A fight broke out between two groups of five to nine people, as shown on security camera footage. Hodges confirmed that the footage shows one of the combatants bringing out a gun and firing multiple shots at the victim.
The police have stated that they do not know what caused the fight. The camera showed a group of five or seven persons running out of a door.
According to Hodges, as reported by NBC News, “they’re in anguish, and deservedly so, and for something that should not have happened.”
Just before 8:00 p.m., a shooting occurred, placing the nation’s largest mall under lockdown for more than two hours on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
A bullet apparently missed an uninjured bystander and clipped his coat, according to police, but nobody else was hurt.
Several New York Giants were reportedly in Mall of America when the shooting occurred; the team was in town to play the Minnesota Vikings at nearby U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday (December 24).
Wide receiver Darius Slayton said, via NBC News, “your first reaction is, obviously, once yourself is safe, you think about your teammates.” They could have been out shopping, and there are men who didn’t. A few fellas in their chamber, the human population at large. Consequently, your next thought is that your teammates are all right, and indeed they are.
KARE 11 reported in October that after a previous shooting incident, the Mall of America had attempted “novel techniques to strengthen security,” including utilising metal detectors and screening personal luggage at four gates.
After a brawl broke out at the register in the Nike store at the Mall of America in August, shots were fired, as confirmed by Bloomington Police Chief Booker Hodges to KSTP.
One group departed, but then someone with a weapon came back and fired at least three bullets inside the store before running away.
There were no reported casualties in the August shooting.