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A 17-year-old boy and his mother were arrested Tuesday in connection with a shooting last month at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, that left one man dead.
Lavon Longstreet was arrested by US Marshals at a home in Decatur, Georgia, Bloomington Police Chief Booker Hodges said at a news conference. Longstreet is being held on charges of second degree murder and second degree assault. He is awaiting extradition.
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Longstreet’s mother, Erica McMillian, was also arrested Tuesday in Golden Valley, a city in Minneapolis-St. Pablo metropolitan area. McMillian is accused of driving Longstreet from Minnesota to Georgia immediately after the shooting. She is being held on abetting and abetting charges, Hodges said.
An officer stands inside a Nordstrom at the Mall of America after a shooting on December 23, 2022 in Bloomington, Minnesota.
Also arrested at the Decatur home was Eriajah Johnson, 30, also charged with aiding and abetting, Hodges said.
The fatal shooting occurred on the night of December 23 on the first floor of the Nordstrom inside the Mall of America. The victim, identified by her family as 19-year-old Johntae Hudson, died at the scene. The shooting caused a closure of more than an hour of the mall. Hodges said surveillance video showed the shooting appeared to have been precipitated by “some type of altercation between two groups” of men.
The next day, December 24, five suspects were arrested in a raid in nearby St. Louis Park. Three of those suspects were under the age of 17 and two were 18-year-old adults, Hodges said at the time.
On December 29, one of those arrested, 18-year-old Taeshawn Adams-Wright, was charged by the Hennepin County District Attorney’s Office with aiding and abetting second-degree intentional murder and aiding and abetting second-degree assault. grade. Two of the 17-year-olds were charged with second-degree riot.
On Tuesday, Hodges said Longstreet and Adams-Wright “stood over” Hudson and “fired multiple rounds into his body.”
In addition, Hodges revealed that forensics determined that bullet casings recovered at the crime scene matched casings found at various crime scenes in Minneapolis and St. Paul “over the past year and a half.”
“I expect there will probably be more arrests as a result of this,” Hodges said.
The shooting marked the second time in five months that the Mall of America was closed due to gunfire. On August 4, shots were fired near the cash registers of a Nike store, but there were no injuries.
That shooting sparked chaos, sending terrified customers and employees running for safety. Hodges said at the time that there was also an altercation between two groups. One of the groups left, but then returned, and a person shot the store three times, Hodges said.
Two men suspected of involvement in the shooting were arrested days later after a multi-agency manhunt. Three others were also arrested, accused of helping the two men escape.