Police say the event is believed to have started near the intersection of Highland Avenue and Whitfield Street, where at least one of the victims was assaulted. After that, police say two men chased the suspect into Target. Once inside, he ran into the bathroom and one of the men followed him inside, but shortly after was chased out by the suspect who was wielding a knife.
Chris Jones who was in the store at the time, said he heard a commotion upstairs and women screaming before he tried to help.
“What I decided to do was run upstairs and help anyone that needed help,” he said.
Jones said by the time he got upstairs people had detained the suspect.
“He was getting his tail whooped with a bat, with fists,” Jones said. “He was getting tore up and I think he deserved it.”
Witnesses describe a chaotic scene where people were screaming and running to get away. Some people hid in restrooms. Others hid in fitting rooms.
“Everybody was screaming,” one witness said.
Target also released a statement Monday night partially reading, “The safety and security of our guests and team members is a top priority for Target and we are partnering closely with local law enforcement.”
Police say Zone 5 is investigating the incident and multiple charges are pending.
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