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Brawls erupt in shopping centers across the nation forcing mall closures

December 27, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Brawls erupt in shopping centers across the nation forcing mall closures

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Chaos reigned on Monday as brawls erupted among shoppers during one of the busiest retail days of the year, forcing evacuations and mall closures nationwide.

Authorities across the nation reported at least seven mall disturbances as of Monday evening, PIX11 reported.

In the New York, New Jersey tri-state area, Nassau County Police officials said a fight erupted in a food court at Roosevelt Field Mall in Long Island’s Garden City, which sparked a panic throughout the shopping center after an individual yelled “gun.”

The incident prompted seventy 911 emergency calls related to the mall turmoil. Seven people were injured as people hastened to evacuate the area.

Police made no arrests made.

In New Jersey, a melee that erupted at the Mills in Jersey Gardens caused people to flee the mall in a panic around 5 p.m. after someone yelled: “shots fired.”

Law enforcement officials later discovered the reported gunshot was actually a chair that someone had tossed, which created a loud bang.

The shopping mall closed for the remainder of the evening.

Meanwhile, in Connecticut, authorities arrested several people after a brawl erupted out at The Shoppes at Buckland Hills in Manchester, forcing an evacuation of the mall around 7 p.m., The Associated Press reported.

North Carolina Police said a mall was forced to evacuate when a melee prompted shoppers to flee in a panic.

Colorado Police asked people to avoid the area surrounding the Aurora Mall unless they were picking up a loved one after multiple brawls broke out in the shopping center.

And in Ohio, police used pepper spray to separate a large crowd following a fight at Beachwood Place Mall.

Authorities placed the area on lockdown as officers responded to reports of gunfire, which police later confirmed that there were no gunshots.

One police officer and a patron received medical treatment for exposure to pepper spray. No one else was injured.

A juvenile was arrested during the turmoil for assaulting a police officer.

Police also arrested several youths after fighting erupted at the Fox Valley Mall, in Aurora, Illinois.

Additional reports of violence at shopping malls in Memphis, Tenn, Tempe, Arizona, and Fort Worth, Texas also made headlines as of Monday evening, The Daily Mail reported.

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