Chaos struck at least 15 shopping malls across the United States as bargain-hungry shoppers engaged in mass brawls and food-court fights on the post-Christmas shopping day.
False reports of gunfire caused panic-stricken scenes, shut down many malls, and led to a heavily armed SWAT team being deployed. Several arrests and multiple injuries were reported in cities in more than a dozen states including Colorado, Illinois, Tennessee, Ohio, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
Though the size and pervasiveness of 2016’s brawls is unprecedented, mall mayhem before, during, and after Christmas is not a 2016 phenomenon. The truth is, violence in America never takes a holiday. On December 26, 2015, approximately 1000 teenagers and around 1000 individuals in their early 20s caused a 2-hour long massive chain reaction brawl at St Matthews Mall in Kentucky, forcing the entire mall and surrounding businesses to shut down.
Up to 1,000 teenagers showed up at the Monroeville Mall in Pittsburgh on the day after Christmas, in 2014, and got into a series of fights forcing the police to close the mall early. The same day, police were called after more than 100 feuding teenagers disrupted post-Christmas shopping at the Independence Center Mall in Missouri.
Here’s the latest proof that massive public brawls in shopping malls are becoming an American holiday tradition…
Fox Valley Mall wildin pic.twitter.com/UU7p0Qq7Gs
— Velma (@BFitman) December 27, 2016
They shooting in Beachwood Mall tho… ??? pic.twitter.com/MNBEes9GIp
— Doe Boy / Freebandz (@DoeBoyOfficial) December 27, 2016
hulen mall wild for this one lmao pic.twitter.com/4rD4ZO5h1H
— cyn ? (@CyNinja) December 27, 2016
Fight breaks out at Newport Mall in Jersey City ?? pic.twitter.com/DXYtUfwoX0
— ♌️ ? (@The_Menace__) December 26, 2016
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