Over 2,000 teens and young adults participated in a brawl that shut down Kentucky's St. Matthews Mall in the days following the Christmas holiday.
The chain reaction of altercations came behind an initial fight between two parties ranging in age from 13 to early 20s.
When authorities arrived, reports claimed the cops on the scene were overwhelmed by the debacle in the mall.
"As they were responding to those disturbances, others were breaking out.... Disturbances started to feed on themselves,” police spokesperson Dennis McDonald said. "They were just overwhelmed with the number of calls for service and reports of disorder."
Once the first round of police respondents arrived, a call for back up was made, enlisting 50 more officers from four different agencies.
As a result of the confusion, shop owners were ordered to shut down their stores at 8 p.m. but the crowd of civilians hung on to steel gates, preventing store owners from closing their businesses.
McDonald says it took them close to two hours to get the situation under control. "I've been a police officer 33 years, and I haven't ever seen anything like this before…," said McDonald. "We always plan for worst-case scenario, but this exceeded that.”
So far, there have been only minor injuries reported and no arrests made.
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