ST. CLOUD, Minn. - People across Minnesota are condemning the stabbing attacks at Crossroads Center mall in St. Cloud. Minnesota politicians have released their official statements.
"“I am appalled at the terrible attacks on innocent Minnesotans in St. Cloud last night. If true that they were motivated by religious bigotry, I condemn them even more strongly. There is no place in Minnesota for intolerance of all Americans’ constitutional right to worship according to their beliefs.
I am deeply grateful to the heroic law enforcement officer, whose swift response prevented an even worse attack. And I extend my very best wishes to the victims for their swift and complete recoveries. I ask everyone in the St. Cloud area and throughout Minnesota to rise above this atrocity and act to make religious and racial tolerance one of the ways in which Minnesotans again lead our country.
“Tomorrow morning, I will travel to St. Cloud to offer my support to city officials and its citizens.”
Senator Amy Klobuchar:
“Everyone should feel safe in their community -- whether they're at school or a movie theater or a shopping mall. Last night that feeling of safety was greatly shaken when an assailant stabbed eight people at the Crossroads Center Mall in St. Cloud. I have visited the mall many times, and I can't imagine the horror experienced by those visiting and working there. My heart goes out to the victims and all those who were there last night.”
“While we will learn more about the facts surrounding this horrific attack today, one thing we know for certain this morning: Due to the courageous actions of an off-duty area police officer, the good work of first responders, and the reaction of those present at the mall, lives were saved.”
“I have spoken with both Mayor Kleis and Chief Anderson in St. Cloud. They are both strong leaders, and I know they will do everything necessary to investigate this stabbing and get all the facts out to the community. Citizens and civic and religious leaders in St. Cloud have worked hard over the years to bridge divides and come together.”
“Over the next few days we will learn the facts. But today there is one thing we all share: We are thankful for the bravery of the off-duty officer and first responders who went beyond the call of duty to save lives.”
Representatives Jim Knoblach and Tama Theis (Representatives St. Cloud House Districts 14A and 14B)
"We ask the St. Cloud community to join us in praying for the victims of last night's tragic attack in St. Cloud. We are thankful for the officer whose heroic actions saved lives and prevented further injuries, and to all the law enforcement and emergency responders for their good work as well."
Senator Al Franken:
"My thoughts are with the victims of last night’s horrific stabbing attacks at the Crossroads Center in St. Cloud, and I wish them all a swift and full recovery. I’m deeply grateful for the heroism of the off-duty police officer who saved lives by stopping the attacker, and for the first responders who helped the victims and others get to safety.
This attack is an affront to the people of Minnesota, and we need to do everything that we can to prevent attacks like these from happening. As we gather the facts and learn more about how this happened, I will be working closely with local and federal officials to get to the bottom of this, and to make sure that Minnesotans are safe."
MN House Speaker Kurt Daudt:
“First and foremost my prayers are with victims and their recovery. I join the chorus of voices across our state expressing gratitude for the swift action of citizens and first responders – those individuals exemplify what it means to be Minnesotan. Officer Falconer's quick actions saved lives and prevented additional injuries, and we are grateful for his heroism.
“Details emerging from the horrific attack remind us that we must remain vigilant. As state leaders, it is our responsibility and my commitment to do everything we can to keep our communities safe.”
Minnesota chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN):
“The Minnesota Muslim community condemns all such acts of violence as inexcusable and un-Islamic,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. "We are hopeful that the community will come together in a difficult tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families."