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Mahad Abdiaziz Abdirahaman a 20 year old Minnesota man has been named as the individual who Sunday evening went on a stabbing spree during a 'botched' stealing attempt Bloomington's Mall of America.

One of the victims was trying on clothes with a group of friends or family members in the men's department at Macy's shortly before 6:45 p.m., Potts said. When officers arrived, they learned the incident started after a theft was interrupted.

Police say the suspect is now in custody.

Among the witnesses to the incident were a crowd of people waiting to visit Santa Claus.

Police Chief Jeff Potts said, "There have been two adult males that have been taken to the hospital and have what are described as non-life-threatening injuries". He's being held on two counts of first-degree assault. They were transported to the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis for treatment.

Other Twitter reports said the first level of the mall was locked down, the reports said. Macy's closed early but the rest of the mall stayed open.

The Mall of America has more than 520 stores and attractions that include an amusement park and an indoor zip line.


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