Authorities released transcripts of 911 calls made to police and the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office during the stabbings Sept. 17 at the Crossroads Mall in St. Cloud.
The calls started at 8:14 p.m. and came fast and furious from employees in the mall’s stores, mall visitors and shoppers out in the open and hiding in bathrooms and behind merchandise on store shelves and friends and family members who had heard from or knew someone who was at the mall that night.
“Um, there is a man that just went running towards the mall exit by Target with a knife, stabbing people … I saw him stab at least four people and I hear some yelling over by the mall entrance,” one caller tells a 911 dispatcher at 8:15 p.m.
“We’re hiding in a bathroom. Are we safe to come out, are we safe?” another person asks.
“No, no, stay, stay,” the dispatcher answers. “Is anybody with you hurt?”
“No, but I have my son is in another, another store and I’m scared cuz he’s by himself,” the caller laments.
In the end, 10 people were stabbed; all survived. The assailant, Dahir Adan, 20, who had been armed with two steak knives, was shot dead by an off-duty police officer in the mall about an hour after the incident began.
But earlier, several callers reported stabbings and gunshots, and 911 dispatchers repeatedly referred to “the shooter.”
Descriptions of the suspect also varied. One said he saw a white male wearing a security uniform, another described a black man in “some kind of uniform.”
Two others talk about two or three Somali teenagers.
At 8:36 p.m. a caller asks, “Do you guys have the shooter?”
“Not yet,” comes the reply.
Then, at 9:26 p.m., a dispatcher tells a caller, “We just got a notification that the shooter is down.”
Read complete transcripts below.