Tense moments for Target workers after false alarm

7:51 PM, Nov 16, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - In the hours that followed a "shots fired" alarm at a downtown Minneapolis building, about 1,300 workers remained in lockdown while police swept through the building.

An alarm warning the workers in the Retek Building went off around 11 a.m. Workers told KARE 11 they quickly ushered into so-called "safe rooms," including empty conference rooms.

"We got a message over the intercom that there was a shooting in the building and we were just to find a secure room and stay locked," said Jim Doyle of Ryan Companies.

For the next couple of hours, workers awaited word from police. Meantime, friends and family awaited word about their loved ones.

"Basically, told me I should be aware she's in lockdown, and they'd heard of a possibility of shots fired," said one man about his wife inside the building.

When police finally issued an "all clear" for the building -- saying the incident was due to "popping" sounds related to construction work -- workers filed out onto the sidewalk. The next question for them was whether the dramatic morning would be followed by an early start on the weekend.

"I think they will go home. We'll be over at 'The Local,'" said Jeff Buchanan about his colleagues at JL Buchanan.

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