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Metal detectors added at one Mall of America entrance after gunfire, robbery

The security measure is being tested on a trial basis, a mall spokeswoman said


October 19, 2022


A Mall of America security officer checked IDs and bags at the Level 1 North Entrance with the new Evolv screeners Tuesday in Bloomington.

The Mall of America now is using metal detectors at one of its entrances on a trial basis, a move taken after two incidents of gunfire within the past year and nearly eight weeks after a man with a rifle allegedly robbed two retailers and forced a lockdown of the massive shopping and entertainment complex.

Bloomington police were notified of the mall's security enhancement about a week ago, Deputy Police Chief Michael Utecht said Tuesday.

In response to a Star Tribune inquiry about the installation of the metal detectors along with patrons having their bags searched before entry, mall spokeswoman Laura Utecht also clarified that the metal detectors are in use only at the north entrance on Lindau Lane.


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