Published: Wed, December 28, 2016
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Fights erupt at shopping malls across the country

Fights erupt at shopping malls across the country

In an upscale mall in Beachwood, Ohio, police used pepper spray to disperse crowds. No injuries were reported, and seven unidentified juveniles were arrested, the TV station reports.

A 17-year-old girl has been charged with battery and resisting police; and a 15-year-old girl was charged with resisting police and disorderly conduct, a statement from police said.

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - A North Carolina mall has been evacuated after a fight sent a crowd of after-Christmas shoppers fleeing.

Also, FOX 61 sister station FOX 8 Cleveland reports that the Beachwood Mall in Beachwood, Ohio, was placed on lockdown due to a disturbance in the food court. Police were reviewing mall security video to see if charges were warranted, police Lt. Todd Joyce said.

The melee in Aurora came amid multiple other reports of mall fights across the country.

Police say eight people were arrested during the fights, including teens and adults.

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However, Atlanta police say no incident reports have been filed.

Later in the evening, a verbal altercation involving several teens broke out at Westfarms Mall, which sits on the border of West Hartford, Farmington and New Britain.

Authorities shut down the mall as dozens of police converged on the scene and worked to restore order. He says some teenagers were apparently involved in a fight at the mall.

"Our department, along with mall security, handled the situation extremely well", he said.

In Elizabeth, New Jersey, chaos broke out among shoppers when a person yelled "gun" pertaining to a chair being slammed during a fight that had broken out.

Investigators said the fights were threatened on social media earlier in the day and when they materialized, reinforcements were called in to clear the mall. The mall was evacuated, and hours later, people will still trying to leave the area on New Jersey Transit buses. They were treated at the scene and transferred to local hospitals for additional evaluations, he said.

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