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Scary moment yesterday for Kyle Busch … the 2-time NASCAR champion and his family were at the Mall of America in Minnesota when gunshots erupted, causing chaos, and sending people running for their lives.
37-year-old Busch had been enjoying a day at the country’s largest mall with his son, Brexton, and his wife, Samantha, before things took a frightening turn.
In the video posted online, you see Busch, wearing a black and green shirt and white hat, holding hands with Brexton … as everyone was trying to get to safety amid the chaos.
Soon after, Samantha sent an update to friends, family and fans, writing … “If you are seeing the news about the @mallofamerica we got out and are safe.”
“Praying others inside are too,” she added.
“We are currently working an active incident inside Mall of America on the northwest side. Numerous officers are on scene. We will update when we have more information,” the Bloomington Police Department’s official Twitter account wrote.
Police later confirmed that gunshots were fired … adding the suspect fled the MOA on foot and officers were investigating the isolated incident.
After some semblance of order was restored, Bloomington PD Chief Booker Hodges addressed the incident in a press conference … saying his officers heard gunshots near the Nike store at the famous mall.
“After reviewing video, we observed two groups get into some type of altercation at the cash register in the Nike store,” Hodges said.
“One of the groups left after the altercation, but instead of walking away, they decided to demonstrate a complete lack of respect for human life. They decided to fire multiple rounds into a store with people.”
Fortunately, neither Busch, nor his family were injured, and according to police, it didn’t appear anyone else suffered any injuries. The chief urged the culprit(s) to surrender to law enforcement.