An off-duty police officer shot a killed a man talking about Allah and asked if anyone was Muslim around him as he stabbed at least eight people at the Crossroads Center mall in St. Cloud in Minnesota.
All the victims have been transported to the hospital, reports say seven people have been released while one remains in hospital in stable condition.
From Daily Mail:
During the news conference, Anderson said the attacker who was armed with a knife made references to Allah during the attack and asked at least one person whether they were Muslim.
Anderson said, according to KSTP: ‘At approximately 8pm, an armed suspect entered the Crossroads Mall.
‘That individual made some references to Allah and we confirmed that he asked at least one person if they were Muslim before assaulting them.’
Anderson revealed the suspect was wearing a ‘private security uniform’.
Anderson said it was a lone suspect, telling reporters: ‘We’ve got eight victims that were assaulted here.’
He declined to call the attacks an act of terrorism, saying the motive for the attacks isn’t known yet. ‘We will be diligent and get to the bottom of this,’ Anderson said.
Anderson also said police had at least three prior contacts with the suspect for ‘minor traffic violations’.
Anderson said an off-duty police officer from another jurisdiction shot and killed the unidentified suspect. He did not say where that officer serves.
The mall remained on lockdown following the incident, but authorities expected those remaining inside to be released early Sunday.
Crossroads Center ‘will remain closed through Sunday as investigators continue to process multiple crime scenes within the building’, KSTP wrote.
This is the third widely public attack in North America in 24 hours, two of them have been in the name of Allah.