Police: 8 people hospitalized after stabbing attack at Minnesota mall

Posted at 8:46 PM, Sep 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-18 01:36:46-04

At least eight people were taken to a hospital with injuries after a stabbing attack at a Minnesota shopping mall on Saturday evening which ended with the suspected attacker dead inside the mall.

St. Cloud Hospital Communications Specialist Chris Nelson told the St. Cloud Times that of the eight people brought there, seven had injuries that were not life-threatening. No further details were released.

Police Sgt. Jason Burke said the mall remains on lockdown.

"The individual we believe to be responsible for the victims' stab wounds is currently deceased inside the mall," Burke said in a statement. He did not say how the suspect died.

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 when the incident occurred.

"All of a sudden I heard pop pop pop," Harley Exsted told the St. Cloud Times. "I thought someone tipped over a shelf. All of a sudden these people started running. I just saw everybody running our way."

There also were reports of some shots fired during the attack.

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

St. Cloud is about 70 miles (112.65 kilometers) northwest of Minneapolis.