Video of people leaving the mall briefly showed Kyle Busch on the phone while with son Brexton.
Kyle’s wife, Samantha, described what happened in an Instagram post Friday afternoon.
“We were at the @mallofamerica yesterday when a shooting happened. We had been spending the afternoon riding the rides in the center of the mall and then the girls split up to shop while the boys stayed for more rides.
“Then chaos ensued. I was standing at the entrance of H&M which is on floor 1 when I heard screaming from above. A group of people were running and yelling. My brain instantly thought it was just teenagers being goofy and then a split second later herds of people on levels 2 and 3 were running. Next a wave of people started down our corridor and that’s when I heard people shouting “active shooter in the mall”.
“You know the logical thing to do is run out the doors, but with Kyle and Brexton still somewhere inside. I froze where I was. Thank God when I called Kyle he answered as he and Brex were next in line for a ride and they didn’t know what was happening. We stayed on the phone with each other while the girls went running outside, getting as much distance from the mall as we could, and the boys made a beeline to the closet parking garage to get out of the building.
“People were crying, shouting on cell phones, sirens going off, everyone was confused and didn’t know what was happening, which was the scary part. You didn’t know if it was one person, multiple people, where exactly they were in the mall or outside too, where was it safe to go?
“We ended up finding out it was a dispute between two groups that ended in shots fired. It’s a lot to process as an adult but really hard as a parent to explain to your child what happened yesterday. Why it happened, what to do in a situation like that, what to do if it was another type of situation. How much do you cover without making it worse for them?
“Squeezing the family a little tighter today.”
Bloomington Police continue to search for the suspects, according to a report by KARE. Police state that an argument ended with someone firing three shots inside a store. Police stated no one was injured and two suspects fled on foot.