Lockdown at Crossroads Center mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota
PUBLISHED Thu, November 17, 2016 - 7:55pm EST
The Crossroads Center shopping mall in St. Cloud was put on lockdown after a man showed a gun to a couple having an argument, police say. A search of the complex was carried out but nothing was found. (more)
The incident began at 6:19 p.m. on Thursday when police responded to reports of a man with a gun at the Crossroads Center shopping mall. As a result, the entire mall complex was put on a lockdown status as a precaution.
"Initial information is that a male and female were in an argument outside the mall by the food court," said St. Cloud police spokesman Sgt. Jason Burke. "During the argument, 2 males unknown to them approached. One of the males lifted the front of his shirt and showed the couple a gun in his waistband."
Sgt. Burke said the gun was never pointed at the couple and no threats were made, but officers responded and the mall was put on lockdown as a precautionary measure. Both males were reported to have been seen entering the food court at the mall.
A full search of the mall was carried out and, just before 8:30 p.m., Sgt. Burke confirmed that nothing had been found. "The investigation is ongoing, additional information will be release tomorrow by Waite Park Police Department," he said.
During the incident, police described the suspect with the weapon as a white male with dark hair, standing about 6 feet tall. He was last seen wearing a shirt with a black tie. His identity was not immediately known.
The Crossroads Center shopping mall, which first opened back in 1966, is one of the largest malls in Minnesota and was the scene of a stabbing attack just two months ago.