An altercation between two groups of young men in the Nordstrom store resulted in the fatal shooting of Johntae Hudson, a 19-year-old from St. Paul, on the day before Christmas Eve at the Mall of America.
Ja’Nayea Hudson, 22, the sister of Hudson, claimed on an internet fundraising website that Johntae was “the person who loves and cares about his family and friends the most. He exuded a joyful, upbeat vibe, and his smile brightened the space.” She stated that the family wishes to give him “the funeral he deserves” and that he was an “overall lovely person.”
In a statement released on Sunday night, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office stated that Hudson passed away in the Mall of America just before 8 p.m. on Friday as a result of numerous gunshot wounds.
Five people were detained by Bloomington police on Saturday in connection with the shooting, and Police Chief Booker Hodges announced that all five would be charged on Tuesday with second-degree murder. Last-minute Christmas shoppers were present when the shooting happened. After then, there was an hour-long lockdown at the Mall of America.
The medical examiner has confirmed the identity we reported yesterday of the decedent in the Mall of America shooting homicide.
Johntae Raymon Hudson, 19, of St. Paul.
Cause of death: Multiple gunshot wounds.
— CrimeWatchMpls (@CrimeWatchMpls) December 26, 2022
SWAT personnel detained the five kids at a residence in St. Louis Park. Three are 17, two are 18, and two are 18, according to Hodges. He claimed that while one of the older teenagers was the gunman, another may have also fired. A sixth suspect was still being sought after by police.
A few tears On Christmas Eve, Hudson talked to KARE 11 about her brother, claiming that he visited her room to say hello to her and her son before heading to the mall. “He was humorous and occasionally quiet. Everyone adored him; he was outgoing and working toward getting his own home and applying to colleges; “She spoke.
She told the TV station that he had been trying to stay away from particular groups of young guys and was heading to the mall to get shoes to go with a sweater for a friend’s birthday party. She claimed, “They had things going on, but he was wanting to get away from all that.
Prior to the exchange of gunfire, the two groups of young men, according to the police, got into a physical altercation at Nordstrom, one of the mall’s main tenants. Police, however, have not clarified the relationship between the organizations or the issue at hand.
“I initially hoped that it was only a little gunshot wound or something. I didn’t take it seriously until they said they were attempting to find a pulse, at which point I immediately assumed the worst but hoped for the best “When she got the call that her brother had been shot, Hudson spoke to KARE 11.
“Stay away from the wrong crowds because the wrong crowds are going to lead you to ruin,” she pleaded with the audience.
According to a Mall of America representative, Nordstrom will reopen on Monday at 10 a.m. after being closed on Christmas Eve.
At the mall, one of the main tourist attractions in the state, gun incidents have increased over the previous year.
Last New Year’s Eve, a man was wounded in the leg, while another was grazed by a bullet on the third level of the mall. Later, an 18-year-old admitted to the shooting and told police that, before to firing, he was attempting to flee from assailants who were angry with him over an earlier incident.
A few months later, the mall was placed on lockdown for two hours after a fight between two groups of people outside of a Nike store resulted in multiple gunshots. There were no reported injuries. A long gun-wielding man robbed a Lids store in the mall a few weeks later before being attacked and detained by police.