The man, who was wearing a private security uniform, made references to Allah and asked at least one person if they were Muslim before he assaulted them at the Crossroads Center mall in St. “We all grieve just like you”, Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said.
St. Cloud Mayor David Kleis said during a hastily arranged news conference in his city’s police headquarters that Falconer’s “life was clearly in danger” during what had been an uneventful shopping trip for the part-time officer in Avon, Minn.
“CNN can not independently confirm this latest claim”. “We will be diligent and get to the bottom of this”, Anderson said.
Somali community leaders in St. Cloud, about 60 miles (100 km) northwest of Minneapolis-St. One person was seriously injured, authorities said.
In response to this weekend’s stabbing, members of the Muslim and Somali communities held a news conference Sunday to mourn the victims and call for unity.
Witnesses and local journalists spoke of a busy, crowded, and confusing scene after the attack, as well as a swift police mobilization.
ISIS has used similar language following incidents in which the group did not have prior knowledge or any kind of direct connection to the attack, and it is unclear how the organization may have been linked to the event in Minnesota. Makarral says she saw people walking around inside with blood on them.
A leader of the community, Abdul Kalane, said he fears how those online messages will translate into the real world, especially since Dahir Adan was his neighbor.
In recent years, federal investigators have tracked in Minnesota the recruitment of potential ISIS fighters.
Eleven Somali-Americans living in Minnesota have been charged since 2014 in an alleged plot to travel to Syria and join Isis.
Several of them have traveled to Africa to join the Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab group after Ethiopia invaded Somalia, and six were arrested a year ago while attempting to join the Islamic State group in Syria.
Ahmed Adan, who is Somali, says his son came to the USA 15 years ago and was a student at St. Cloud Technical and Community College. “St. Cloud is filled with hard-working, right-thinking, decent people – and we’re going to be stronger because of this”, he said.
Ashley Bayne, an employee of JCPenney at the mall, was visiting a coworker at the time of the incident.
“All of sudden chaos just broke out”, Bayne told CNN.
A man in a security uniform and armed with a knife stabbed people in several locations in the mall, including corridors, businesses and common areas, the chief said. Authorities were looking at social media accounts and the attacker’s electronic devices and talking to his associates, Thornton said.
The suspect had a history of minor traffic violations, Anderson said, but “wasn’t under any surveillance by our agency”.
Danny Carranza was watching his children at the play area when the attack started, he told the Saint Cloud Times.
This happened three times; the suspect repeatedly getting back up and lunging at Falconer.
The mall-Crossroads Center-has a “Code of Conduct” that forbids “firearms or illegal weapons”.
Bellow said his brother, whose shift was about a half-hour from ending when the violence broke out, sent him a text that said there was a shooter in the mall.
“Whenever something as terrible as this happens, it’s hard for things to be the same as they were”, Anderson said.
The attack happened on the same night that an explosion happened in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said she was briefed on the stabbing, as well as on the explosions in NY and New Jersey, according to CBS affiliate WCCO.
Hours earlier, a pipe bomb exploded in a Jersey Shore garbage can shortly before a scheduled charity race benefiting Marines and Navy sailors. No injuries were reported.
Anthony Bellow, 18, a Technical High School student who recently moved to St. Cloud from Columbus, Ohio, went to the mall to visit his brother Dominic, 21, who works at Target, and was told to leave.