NY Giants Players Safe After Being Inside Mall of America During Deadly Shooting

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVDecember 24, 2022

FILE - Shoppers, visitors and employees exit the Mall of America on March 17, 2020 as the mall in Bloomington, Minn. The family of a boy who was severely injured when he was thrown off a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America in April 2019 has reached a confidential settlement with the shopping center, which includes making changes to its trespassing policies, the family and mall announced Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
AP Photo/Jim Mone, File

The New York Giants believe multiple players were at the Mall of America in Minneapolis at the time of Friday's deadly shooting, but all are now safe.

"Everyone is back in the hotel and accounted for now," Giants executive vice president of communications Pat Hanlon told Abbie Parr and Stefanie Dazio of the Associated Press.

The Giants are staying at a hotel adjacent to the mall ahead Saturday's game against the Minnesota Vikings.

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Numerous <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Giants?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Giants</a> players spent roughly an hour last night on lockdown at the Mall of America, where a 19-year-old man was shot dead. A scary situation, as they now try to refocus and face the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Vikings?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Vikings</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/nflnetwork?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@nflnetwork</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/NFLGameDay?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NFLGameDay</a> <a href="https://t.co/dJGKZAhrT5">pic.twitter.com/dJGKZAhrT5</a>

Bloomington Police Chief Booker Hodges said there was an altercation between two groups at the mall on Friday in which a 19-year-old was shot and killed. A bystander's jacket was also grazed by a bullet during the shooting.

Giants radio play-by-play announcer Bob Papa provided a firsthand account from the mall:

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Scary here <a href="https://twitter.com/mallofamerica?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@mallofamerica</a>. Shooting in mall. On lockdown at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TwinCitiesGrill?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TwinCitiesGrill</a>. Two gunmen at least one victim.

The entire shooting lasted about 30 seconds, according to police.

The upcoming game is an important one for the 8-5-1 Giants looking to secure a playoff berth for the first time since 2016. They can clinch a playoff spot this week with a win and at least two losses between the Seattle Seahawks, Washington Commanders and Detroit Lions.

The Vikings (11-3) have already clinched the NFC North, but the current No. 2 seed is still in contention for the No. 1 overall seed in the conference.