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Child pushed from third floor of Mall of America, suspect in custody

A concourse area at the Mall of America in Bloomington Minn. is seen

The child and the suspect did not know each other and investigators are "actively trying to figure out why this occurred", Bloomington, Minnesota, Police Chief Jeff Potts told reporters, according to the Pioneer Press.

The suspect was chased down inside the mall and was taken into custody.

Shortly after the incident, police arrested a 24-year-old man inside the mall, one of the state's leading tourist attractions, after he had fled the scene, Potts said.

Police do not think there is any relationship between the man and the child or the child's family.

The police department is working with the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office crime lab to investigate the incident, and they are also working with the mall to determine if any surveillance video exists of the incident. He said a thorough investigation will be conducted to find out the motive for the incident. Potts says officers gave first aid but the 5-year-old child suffered "significant injuries" and had been taken to a hospital.

Police responded to the southeast court at the mall around 10:17 a.m.

Johnson says the woman was screaming that her child was thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Bloomington, Minnesota, mall.

"This was a senseless act and words can not truly express our profound shock and sadness", the Mall of America said in a statement. But service was restored just before 11:30 a.m.

According to public records, Arranda has been convicted of trespassing, fifth-degree assault and interfering with a police officer, all misdemeanors.

"We have counseling services available for anyone who may need assistance".

Potts said, emphasizing that police believe this to be an 'isolated incident'.

The suspect, Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, who is from the area, was charged with attempted homicide, police said in a statement.