Giants radio play-by-play announcer Bob Papa ‘some players’ escape Mall of America shooting

Giants radio host Bob Papa and some Giants players escaped a Mall of America shooting Friday night in Bloomington, Minnesota.

“Safely exit the mall and return to the hotel,” Dad tweeted at 10:27 p.m. Friday night. “Prayers to the victim.”

A 19-year-old man was killed in the shooting, police said, and the mall was locked down.

Security guards talk inside a Mall of America store in Bloomington, Minnesota after reports of shots being fired on Friday, Dec. 23, 2022.
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Emergency vehicles are seen outside the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, after reports of gunfire, Friday, Dec. 23, 2022.
Emergency vehicles are seen outside the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, after reports of gunfire, Friday, Dec. 23, 2022.
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Pat Hanlon, executive vice president of communications for the Giants, told The Associated Press that the team was staying at a hotel adjacent to the mall and he believed “some players” were inside the mall. at the time of the shooting.

“Everyone is back at the hotel and counting now,” Hanlon told the AP Friday night.

The Giants are in Minnesota for Saturday’s game against the Vikings.

The teenager was shot “multiple times” as two groups of people fought on the first floor of Nordstrom just before 8 p.m., Bloomington Police Chief Booker Hodges said.

The Vikings host the Minnesota Giants on Saturday.
The Vikings host the Minnesota Giants on Saturday.
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Between five and nine people were involved in the scuffle and one of them pulled out a gun and started shooting. The entire altercation lasted about 30 seconds, Hodges said. The two groups involved then fled through a nearby doorway, Hodges said.

The police did not identify the victim.

Officers are reviewing security footage and are in the process of identifying suspects, Hodges said.

“I am convinced that we will catch these people. And we’re going to lock them up,” Hodges said.

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