Child hurt, suspect arrested in Mall of America incident

Child hurt, suspect arrested in Mall of America incident

A 5-year-old boy suffered life-threatening injuries on Friday after being thrown or pushed by an apparent stranger from a third-floor balcony at Minnesota's Mall of America, and a man who fled the scene has been charged with attempted homicide, police said.

Police say the suspect apparently does not know the victim or the victim's family.

Tim Burke from Allina Health confirms to KARE 11 that one victim has been transported to Children's Minnesota in Minneapolis from Mall of America.

Potts said the incident was isolated - that Aranda and child had not known each other prior - and that investigators are "actively trying to figure out why this occurred ... whether it was an interaction up on the floor or why that is". "Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge, '" Brian Johnson told WCCO.

Police are working with mall officials to see if there is video of the crime, Potts said.

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The suspect is a 24-year-old man, who was not named. A small portion of the mall is cordoned off on the first and third levels. The melee was caught on YouTube, but police concluded the brawl - the worst case of violence at the mall in more than 15 years - was not organized through social media as initially feared.

The Bloomington Police Chief did not reveal the suspects name but said he was a 24-year-old man who is now in police custody.

Police believe this was an isolated incident and there is no danger to the public. He says police don't have an idea about possible motive. Officers gave first aid but the 5-year-old child suffered "significant injuries" and had been taken to a hospital, Potts said. He was being treated at a hospital, but no details on his condition were immediately available.

Metro Transit briefly cancelled services into and out of Mall of America due to police activity.

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