5 suspects arrested in deadly Mall of America shooting

Five teenagers are in custody in connection with a fatal shooting at the Mall of America on Friday.

Three 17-year-old and two 18-year-old male suspects were arrested Saturday, Bloomington Police Chief Booker Hodges said.

“We are pretty confident that we have the person responsible for killing the victim in custody,” Hodges told reporters in a briefing on Saturday.

PHOTO: A police car is parked outside Nordstrom at the Mall of America, Friday, Dec. 23, 2022, in Bloomington, Minnesota.

A police car is parked outside Nordstrom at the Mall of America, Friday, Dec. 23, 2022, in Bloomington, Minnesota.

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Hodges said police believe one of the 18-year-old suspects is the shooter. He said the five suspects will be charged with second-degree murder.

A 19-year-old man was killed late Friday after a verbal altercation turned violent at the Nordstrom Mall of America, police said.

An officer heard gunshots near Nordstrom at the mall at approximately 7:50 p.m., Hodges said. But when the officer entered the store, they found a man who had been shot multiple times.

The officer attempted to perform life-saving measures on the victim, but the man eventually succumbed to his injuries, authorities said.

Police are working to determine if a second shooter was involved in the incident, Hodges said.

A motive for the shooting is unclear.

“People are not cooperating and people don’t want to talk,” he said.

The Mall of America in Minnesota was locked down after the shooting, the Bloomington Police Department said, but reopened just over an hour later at 9 p.m., and the Nordstrom branch was closed shortly after.

After reviewing surveillance footage of the incident, authorities believe a verbal altercation between two groups of people began before it turned physical. During the altercation, a man allegedly pulled out a gun and shot the 19-year-old, Hodges said.

Authorities believe the entire fight lasted about 30 seconds.

The victim who died as a result of the shooting has not yet been identified.

“The family here, I feel so bad for them,” Hodges said in a press conference Friday afternoon. “This is before Christmas, and now they have to bury one of their relatives.”

Nordstrom was closed Saturday, but Mall of America was open as usual.

ABC News’ Victoria Arancio contributed to this report.

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