Christmas is supposed to be a time of peace and togetherness. And while that may’ve happened on Sunday, yesterday (December 26) was quite different.
Everything from fist fights to threatened gunfire happened at at least eight malls across America on Monday. In Cleveland, Beechwood Mall went into lockdown after a reported large group of juveniles cause a disturbance inside at around 6:30 pm. It was originally thought that gunfire rang out, however that was later disputed. Video posted to Twitter did show a stampede of people leaving the scene of whatever was going down. Cleveland Cavalier player JR Smith was at the mall just before the violence broke out.
At the Jersey Gardens Mall in Elizabeth, New Jersey, a shopper yelled “shots fired” after they heard a chair being slammed during a brawl. The mall was evacuated, however it turned out to be a false alarm.
What wasn’t a false alarm though was what went down in Manchester, Connecticut. Police there ran to the scene of a fight that broke out amongst reportedly “hundreds” of teens. The Shoppes at Buckland Hills mall ended up being shut down for the remainder of Monday.
Monroeville, Pennsylvania, Aurora, Colorado, Fayetteville, North Carolina, Tempe, Arizona and Memphis, Tennessee also saw their own share of violence at malls in their respective cities.
Check out local packages and social media posts of some of the different violent breakouts below.
They shooting in Beachwood Mall tho... 🤔🤔🤔 pic.twitter.com/MNBEes9GIp— Doe Boy / Freebandz (@DoeBoyOfficial) December 27, 2016
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