Sentenced: Mall of America 2022 Gunman Receives 30+ Years for Fatal Shooting

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – A second gunman involved in the Mall of America shooting that claimed the life of 19-year-old Johntae Hudson has received his sentencing for the tragic events that unfolded just before Christmas in 2022. Lavon Longstreet, 19, has been sentenced to over 30 years for second-degree murder and three years for second-degree assault in connection to the fatal shooting that occurred on December 23, 2022, at Nordstrom in the Mall of America. The incident took place as two groups were engaged in a fight inside the store, leading to Hudson sustaining multiple gunshot wounds.

Longstreet’s sentencing, which occurred on Monday, mirrored the same sentence handed down to TaeShawn Adams-Wright, with both individuals set to serve their terms concurrently. Adams-Wright had previously received the same sentence on May 30. The newly unsealed surveillance video offers a glimpse into the moments leading up to and following the tragic events that transpired during the 2022 Mall of America shooting. This development sheds light on the circumstances surrounding the incident and provides additional insight into the chain of events at the time of the shooting.

The legal proceedings following the Mall of America shooting have come to a close with the sentencing of the second gunman involved, bringing some closure to the tragic loss of Hudson’s life. The severity of the charges and the lengthy sentencing underscore the gravity of the events that unfolded during the altercation at Nordstrom in the Mall of America. The sentencing of Longstreet and Adams-Wright serves as a reminder of the profound impact of gun violence and the lasting consequences it has on families and communities affected by such tragedies.

Authorities have emphasized the importance of holding individuals accountable for their actions in cases of gun violence, underscoring the need for justice and closure for the victims and their families. The legal process surrounding the Mall of America shooting has culminated in the sentencing of both gunmen involved, signaling the end of a chapter in the pursuit of justice for the tragic events that unfolded on that fateful day in December 2022. As the community grapples with the aftermath of the shooting, the sentencing of Longstreet and Adams-Wright stands as a testament to the commitment to upholding the rule of law and ensuring accountability for those involved in acts of violence.