Two men were stabbed during a thwarted theft at the Mall of America in Minnesota on Sunday night and the suspect is in custody, police said.
A stabbing is penetration with a sharp or pointed object at close range. Stab connotes purposeful action, as by an assassin or murderer, but it is also possible to accidentally stab oneself or others. Stabbing differs from slashing or cutting in that the motion of the object used in a stabbing generally moves perpendicular to and directly into the victim’s body, rather than being drawn across it.
Stabbings today are common among gangs and in prisons because knives are cheap, easy to acquire (or manufacture), easily concealable and relatively effective. In 2013 about 8 million stabbings occurred.
Two stabbed at Mall of America in Minnesota
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Bloomington Police were dispatched to the men’s department of the mall’s Macy’s department store following reports of a stabbing, Chief Jeff Potts said during a news conference later Sunday night. It was soon realized the situation was an interrupted theft, according to the cop.
The stabbing suspect went into someone else’s dressing room in an attempt to steal that person’s property, Potts said. The victim confronted the suspect, who then pulled out a knife and started stabbing him, according to investigators.
Two stabbed at Mall of America in Minnesota
Police said the victim began to yell, and that’s when his family rushed over. The second stabbing victim was believed to be a family member or close friend trying to help the first victim. Both men are expected to survive.
Kim Schwieters told the Star Tribune she and her children were visiting Santa Claus outside of the Macy’s entrance when she saw two police officers run toward the department store, before more cops started running with their guns drawn.
“My daughter could see people lying on the ground who had been stabbed,” Schwieters said, and added police told everyone to leave the area before they closed the store.
The two victims were transported to the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, where Bloomington Police said they remain with non-life-threatening injuries.
The suspect is in custody with what looked to be minor, superficial wounds, the police chief said.