23 August 2022
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – A Twin Cities mall went on lockdown for a couple of hours Monday night after a man fatally shot himself inside a store.
Eden Prairie police say officers were called to Eden Prairie Center at about 7:25 p.m. after there was a “report of a shot fired” inside the Scheels sporting goods store.
Officers arrived to find a man dead inside the store from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The lockdown was lifted at about 9:20 p.m. Eden Prairie Police Chief Matt Sackett says the investigation is “active and fluid,” and he noted that several members of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies assisted at the scene.
“Any time there’s a report of shots fired, obviously we want to be able to get a lot of resources to the incident quickly and contain it and that threat,” Sackett said. “With a report of one shot being fired it was obviously ended quickly, however we need to make sure that we have a safe environment … and that still takes some time.”
Many Scheels employees and customers that evacuated the store gathered near the scene to try to learn what was going on and contact their loved ones still inside. Laura Ruff, an employee at Maurice’s at the mall, said her customers and co-workers handled everything well, despite how scary it was.
“Just a normal Monday night, and then the alarm had went off just saying that this is not a drill, this is an emergency,” Ruff said. “So we just gathered our customers, went into the backroom, and then got confirmed from security that there was an active shooting.”
Some people still had their cars parked within the crime scene tape late Monday night and were unable to get them. It is unclear if Scheels will reopen Tuesday.
Joel Roen’s wife and daughter were inside the mall Monday night.
“So then I got nervous and I thought, you know what, I gotta go to the mall. And I got here and seen all the police cars, so that got me really nervous. So then I went around the other side of the mall and I didn’t see any police cars so I thought, well, they must have it under control or they’d have the whole mall surrounded,” Roen said. “Might not want to come to the mall for a while.”
This is the second time in less than a month that gunfire sent a major mall in the metro into lockdown.at the beginning of August. No one was hurt. Five people are facing charges connected to the shooting.
Mental Health Resources
If you are having thoughts of suicide, you can text the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 741741 or call 1-800-273-8255.
Crisis services are available around the clock if you or someone you care about is having a mental health crisis. Call **CRISIS (**274747) from a cellphone to talk to a team of professionals who can help you. Text “MN” to 741741. More info here.
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Minnesota also recommends people search for a provider at Fast-Tracker, a healthcare resource developed by the Minnesota Mental Health Community Foundation. This site also offers information on how to reach suicide prevention and crisis hotlines. More on finding the right therapists here.
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Author: WCCO Staff