ST. CLOUD, Minn. (WCCO) — We are learning more about what happened the night a man walked into the Crossroads Mall in St. Cloud and started stabbing people.

Investigators say it appears Dahir Adan planned the attack in advance. They say he called his boss on Sept. 17 saying he wouldn’t be working that night. Then, he grabbed two steak knives and drove about a mile and a half to the Crossroads Mall.

Security cameras intended to catch shoplifters instead caught images of Adan wearing a private security uniform, chasing people and then stabbing them.

Cameras also caught the final minutes of Adan’s life, before an off-duty police officer shot and killed him.

At a press conference Thursday, the FBI, St. Cloud Police and the Stearns County Attorney outlined some of the reasons it appears the mall attack was premeditated, and why the off-duty police officer who shot Adan has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

The FBI also shared some of what they’ve learned about Adan in the months prior to the stabbings. They say he’d not previously shown an interest in religion, but suddenly wanted to know more about Islam. He stopped playing sports and video games with his friends and lost a significant amount of weight.

“He went from being an excellent student with a high GPA to flunking out of college almost overnight,” FBI Special Agent Richard Thornton said. “Some of this friends noticed — he would become agitated at things which in the past would not have bothered him.”

And then on Sept. 17, security cameras at Crossroads Center captured video of Dahir Adan chasing people and stabbing them with a kitchen knife, over and over again.

“He stabbed or punched victims in the back, shoulder, head, neck or face,” Stearns County Attorney Janelle Kendall said.

Once inside Macy’s, security cameras recorded video of what ended the attacks. Avon police officer Jason Falconer was off-duty and shopping when he heard screams and then saw Adan lunging at him with a knife.

A dozen witnesses told investigators Falconer identified himself as a police officer and ordered Adan to drop his weapon, but he refused. Falconer shot him multiplie times as Adan repeatedly fell and got back up.

The county attorney announced the officer will not face criminal charges.

“Falconer was justified in his belief that deadly force was necessary, to protect himself, others near him and all other people in the area from great bodily harm or death,” Stearns County Attorney Janelle Kendall said.

The FBI says a rumor that Adan was provoked by someone just prior to the attack is not true, but there is compelling evidence the attack was premeditated. Investigators discovered he stopped at a convenience store he regularly visited on the way to the mall.

“And when the store employee said to Dahir ‘See you later,’ Dahir’s reply was ‘You won’t be seeing me again,'” Thornton said. “Evidence suggests he may have been radicalized by the influence of others, or on his own.”

The FBI has searched Dahir Adan’s home, his computers, reviewed his social media sites, but say his iPhone is locked, and they’re still exploring their legal and technical options to get access to its information.

St. Cloud Police say Adan also committed a hit and run on the way to the mall. His car struck a bicyclist and he kept going. That person suffered minor injuries.

Comments (8)
  1. Concerned about this says:

    Radical Islamic Terrorists…. say it with me Mr. Obama…. Radical Islamic Terrorists.

  2. THE SCOUT! says:

    Another DFL/Dayton welfare immigrant

    1. Dan Mack says:

      The great Socialist Village leader Rudy Perpich was the first to invite these third world malcontents into Minnesota, to vote early and often, no-ID required, while sitting in the lap of luxury on welfare courtesy the largess of the Minnesota taxpayers. That as it should be here in the Socialist Village. … Prior to that, the nasty capitalist repuglicans were only letting in Somali immigrants. To qualify for that immigrant status, one is required to provide binding legal contracts that insure the immigrant will not become a public charge, be of good moral character, display allegiance to American interests, , as well as not be taking American jobs. … Perpich bypassed all that and flooded Minnesota with malcontent criminals, illiterate, unemployable, non-English speaking welfare breeders immediately placed on immediate permanent and successive generational welfare, with the best preferential entitlement treatment money can buy. That is as it should be here in the Socialist village. You do the DFL a disservice to not credit them with this great achievement in stamping out capitalism and driving those darn taxpayers out of Minnesota and bringing in a huge breed stock of welfare diversity voters.

  3. Tony Clifton says:

    Nooooooooooooooo! Are they sure????????????

  4. Dan Mack says:

    The Socialist Welfare community has suffered a big loss with the passing of Mr. Dahir Ahmed Adan. we need every voter we can get to import more of his replacements.
    Good news for all alien Somali non-citizen Muslims: In response to your demands; Minneapolis Public Housing Authority has modified it’s policies to allow holding your subsidized section 8 town-home or welfare tower suite rent-free while you are home overseas for El-kida, Isis or El-shskabob training and or other “personal business” for periods exceeding one calendar month or thirty consecutive days. Although your monthly welfare payments cannot as yet be sent overseas, you may pick them up immediately upon your return to the USA. Homeless US citizens and their children including homeless US armed forces veterans will be kept on waiting lists and not allowed to rent your units while you are at home overseas tending to what is important to you. We now pay your fare both ways for each round trip when you Go Home.

  5. Myles Kajac says:

    MN Governor Dayton: Don’t like immigrants, get out of Minnesota!

  6. Ben Dare says:

    Funny, they release this video right away.

    Other videos, where the cops look bad, they sit on. It doesn’t seem right.

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