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Multiple People Stabbed At Mall, Suspect Dead

Multiple People Stabbed At Mall, Suspect Dead Click to Enlarge Photo: Matt Demczyk (KNSI)

Sep 17, 2016 at 9:04 pm

ST. CLOUD, Minn (KNSI) - Eight people were stabbed at Crossroads Center Saturday night and the attacker was shot dead by an off-duty police officer.

The victims were taken to St. Cloud Hospital.

Seven were treated then released and one victim was admitted to the hospital.

According to eyewitness accounts, the attacker made reference to Allah.

The suspect was confronted, then shot and killed by an off-duty police officer from another jurisdiction.

The stabbing happened around 8:00 p.m. Police surrounded the area with automatic weapons and dozens of police and ambulances responded on scene.

Law enforcement said there isn't any imminent threat to St. Cloud residents.

KNSI News Director Matt Demczyk spoke with Travis, an employee at the mall who was almost stabbed by the suspect.

Travis said the suspect was an African American man wearing a dark colored security jacket. He said the man lunged at him and asked if he was Muslim. 

Travis said the suspect almost stabbed him, but he was able to pull the gate to the store where he works down in time.

Crossroads Center will remain closed until further notice as the investigation continues.

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