Man references Allah before stabbing 8 at Minnesota mall; killed by off-duty officer

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Cloud, Minn. — Police said eight people were stabbed at a St. Cloud, Minnesota, shopping mall on Saturday evening.

The attacker was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer.

The St. Cloud police chief said the attacker referenced Allah and asked at least one person if they were Muslim during the attack.

The man was wearing a security guard uniform when he entered the mall and attacked people in a common area and inside several stores.

Harley and Tama Exsted of Isle, Minnesota, who were in St. Cloud to watch their son play in a college golf tournament, were in the mall when the incident occurred.

All of a sudden I heard pop pop pop,” Harley Exsted said. “I thought someone tipped over a shelf. All of a sudden these people started running. I just saw everybody running our way.”

The couple were unharmed and said they helped another woman who was running from the scene to her car.

St. Cloud is about 70 miles (112.65 kilometers) northwest of Minneapolis.