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Osakis woman in mall at time of attack

The Crossroads Center in St. Cloud, Minn. was closed Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, after Saturday's stabbing incident. (Rob Beer/Forum News Service)

An Osakis woman was included in the hundreds of people on lockdown after a man attacked and stabbed people inside Crossroads Center mall in St. Cloud Saturday.

Shelia Fultz of Osakis was shopping in Maurices with her sisters when the attacks took place. Her daughter, Ashlee, formerly of Alexandria and currently a St. Cloud resident, was contacted by her mother when the mall was in lockdown.

"I received a Snapchat from my mom with a picture of Maurices in lockdown with their main gates closed," Ashlee said.

Since her mother didn't know much about what was happening in other parts of the mall, Fultz began researching.

"I then found information via Facebook of a guy live streaming video outside the food court with a girl providing intel from a police scanner," she said. "I was panicked. There wasn't anything I could do but relay the new info from the news to her. It was scary watching because we had no clue as to what was happening except that there was a guy stabbing people and then to hear there was a guy with a gun."

While in Maurices, Fultz says her mother reported that another woman received a call that her husband and son had been victims of the stabbing.

"It was hard to listen to the scanner talking about movement in certain areas because I wouldn't know if that meant another potential threat and then having my mom tell me she's just sitting by the area of these movements," Fultz said. "I was very fearful and anxious for everyone."

About 8:15 p.m., law enforcement officials were called to the mall in response to reports of a stabbing and shots fired.

St. Cloud Police have stated that witnesses say the attacker referenced "Allah," as well as asked a victim if they were Muslim. Currently, a news agency run by the Islamic State is claiming that the attacker was "a soldier of the Islamic State."

In a news conference Sunday afternoon, St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis named Jason Falconer from the Avon Police Department as the off-duty officer who shot and killed the attacker.

According to the St. Cloud Times, the attacker has been identified by St. Cloud Somali-American community members as Dahir Adan, a St. Cloud State University student.

Beth Leipholtz

Beth is a reporter at the Echo Press. She graduated from the College of Saint Benedict in May 2015 with a degree in Communication and Hispanic Studies. Journalism has always been her passion, but she also enjoys blogging and graphic design. In her spare time, she's most likely at Crossfit or at home with her boyfriend and three dogs.

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