Attacker reported dead after stabbing at Minnesota mall

A stabbing at a mall in central Minnesota Saturday evening left multiple people injured, police said, confirming that the attacker is dead.

Police locked down the Crossroads Mall in St. Cloud after the stabbing, which was reported around 8:30 p.m. Central time. The conditions of the injured were unclear.

“I went closer to the mall entrance by J.C. Penney’s and I was looking at some jeans and all the sudden people were just running in chaos,” Ashley Bayne, who works at the mall, told WCCO. “They were screaming, ‘Someone’s stabbing people in the mall,’ and people were just really frantic and were running.”

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

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

St. Cloud is roughly 60 miles northwest of Minneapolis.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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