Child hurt, suspect arrested in Mall of America incident

First responders give aid to a child who witnesses say was thrown from a third floor balcony in the Mall of America

The man took off running after the incident, but was taken into custody at the mall and is being questioned by investigators at the Bloomington Police Department, Potts said.

One man told the New York Daily News he saw the immediate aftermath of the incident and that the child was lying "motionless.in a pool of blood".

Calls to Bloomington police and to officials at the Mall of America have not yet been returned.

"Our officers initially responded and performed first aid on the child along with some other witnesses and passersby", Potts said.

'The child did suffer significant injuries, ' he said.

Hailey, who has a 4-year-old grandson, said the screams and the sight of those working to resuscitate the boy likely stay with her for some time.

The child suffered life-threatening injuries and is being treated at a hospital.

Potts said police are looking at security video from inside the mall to gather more information.

Small portions of the south court on the first and third floors remained cordoned off Friday afternoon as lab technicians processed the scene.

Police do not believe there is a relationship between the suspect and the child and the incident appeared to be isolated. An older man tried to stop the suspect and was assaulted by him, witnesses told police. He says police don't have an idea about possible motive.

Initial reports to dispatchers indicated the child wasn't breathing, and several bystanders attempted CPR on him, the Star Tribune reported.

Metro Transit interrupted Blue Line service into or out of the mall due to the police activity, but as of 11:30 a.m. had restored service on the light rail trains.

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