An uneasy feeling looms after nine people were hurt in a stabbing in St. Cloud, Minn. The stabbing attack that occurred at Crossroads Mall has since gained national attention.
The case is being investigated as a potential act of terrorism as the suspect, a uniformed security guard, referenced Allah and asked one person if they were Muslim during the attack.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton spent the day in St. Cloud Monday to help the town heal and address citizen’s concerns.
“This community is recovering from that and coming together event more unified and stronger than ever before,” Dayton said.
Sioux Falls police say that when an incident like the stabbing in St. Cloud occurs, they learn and develop a plan from it. They already have heavier patrols around The Empire Mall.
"We would really rather be prepared and try to be ahead of it as opposed to us responding,” Officer Sam Clemens says.
Clemens says despite low crime rates in Sioux Falls, the best thing to do in any dangerous situation is to run from it, hide if you’re stuck and fight attackers if you have to. He says people need to stay aware.
"People really need to be aware of their surroundings and especially in Sioux Falls we have a great community and we don't have the big huge problems but you just never know when something could happen,” Clemens says.
Clemens says if a situation is making you uncomfortable, don’t be afraid to call police.
KDLT News reached out to The Empire Mall Monday to speak about safety and security. They had no comment.