Police: multiple people hurt in stabbings at Minnesota mall

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Police said multiple people were injured in a stabbing attack at a Minnesota shopping mall on Saturday evening and the suspect is dead inside the mall.

St. Cloud, Minnesota, Police Sgt. Jason Burke said the mall remains on lockdown and the injured are being treated at a local hospital.

He declined to say how many people were injured or their condition.

“The individual we believe to be responsible for the victims’ stab wounds is currently deceased inside the mall,” Burke said in a statement.

Harley and Tama Exsted of Isle, Minnesota, who were in St. Cloud to watch their son play in a college golf tournament, were in the mall when the incident occurred.

“All of a sudden I heard pop pop pop,” Harley Exsted told the St. Cloud Times. “I thought someone tipped over a shelf. All of a sudden these people started running. I just saw everybody running our way.”

The couple were unharmed and said they helped another woman who was running from the scene to her car.

St. Cloud is about 70 miles (112.65 kilometers) northwest of Minneapolis.

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