Mahad Abdiaziz Abdirahaman is identified as the individual arrested in Minneapolis, Mall of America stabbing. Somali Muslim- speculation of terrorism?
Mahad Abdiaziz Abdirahaman a 20 year old Minnesota man has been named as the individual who Sunday evening went on a stabbing spree during a ‘botched’ stealing attempt Bloomington’s Mall of America.
CBS reported Abdirahaman sneaking into a men’s fitting room at the Mall of America, Minneapolis outlet and attempting to steal something from a customer’s belongings while the man was outside the fitting room modeling clothes for his family.
The Minnesota’s thief’s plans were thwarted when his intended target caught Abdirahaman in the act, only for the would-be thief pulling a knife and stabbed the man in turn.
Hearing the victim’s screams, the man’s family rushed to his aid, only for Abdirahaman slashing a second person before they could wrest the knife from him told Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts during a news conference.
The scuffle and ensuing response by police led to disconcert as nearby shoppers waited in line for their kids to see Santa.
Bloomington police told of the commotion taking place at the first-floor dressing room area of the Macy’s department store.
Witnesses also reported seeing Abdirahaman acting strangely before the attack.
Authorities said both men suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Both individuals were transported to the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis for treatment.
Police said they don’t believe the suspect knew the victims.
Upon his arrest, Abdirahaman was charged with two counts of first-degree assault.
A regard of Mahad Abdirahman’s Facebook profile reveals him having been a resident Chicago for a number of years and often traveling throughout the midwest to cities such as Minnesota and Green Bay as part of his job.
Of note, the suspect was born in the city of Kismayo and raised in the Sunni tradition of Islam.
Upon Abdirahaman’s arrest, the Somali Muslim man, social media went into speculation mode as to whether the stabbing had been an act of terrorism?
An investigation is ongoing.
The Mall of America has more than 520 stores and attractions that include an amusement park and an indoor zip line.
The only way Mall of America stabbing will make it on the news is if suspect was carrying a Robert E Lee statue,KKK member, or wearing a Trump hat. Nope none of the above….so it won’t air. SAD
— Dpm (@Dpm23030327) November 13, 2017
.@BPD_MN has a person in custody after 2 people were injured in a stabbing inside the Mall of America.
Those are the only details we have right now, but in the meantime, the Twitter Bigot Brigade™ is here to fill in the blanks with baseless accusations about the stabbing… pic.twitter.com/BBTs8ONquC
— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) November 13, 2017
— @gentlemanirish (@gentlemanirishN) November 13, 2017