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Brawls broke out at various malls across the country on Monday evening, mostly involving teens. It’s not yet known why so many broke out around the same time, or if they are at all connected.
FOX40’s sister station FOX 61 in Connecticut reports that several fights broke out at The Shoppes at Buckland Hills in Manchester. Several hundred teens were involved in the various fights, which led to the mall being evacuated and shut down for the evening. It started near the food court with a fight of eight to 10 people, which left one police officer with minor injuries.
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. It was in the lower level center court, but was broken up by security before it escalated into a physical fight, police told FOX 61.
Meanwhile, in Aurora, Colorado, FOX40 sister station KDVR reported that the Town Center of Aurora mall was evacuated after a "large disturbance" involving "multiple skirmishes inside the mall."
In Elizabeth, New Jersey, a fight broke out at The Mills at Jersey Gardens. A loud noise was made during the melee, leading panicked shoppers to mistakenly think that shots had been fired. Eight people suffered minor injuries, according to FOX40 sister station PIX 11 News.
Also, FOX40 sister station FOX 8 Cleveland reports that the Beachwood Mall in Beachwood, Ohio, was placed on lock-down due to a disturbance in the food court.
And in Fayetteville, North Carolina, police reported on Facebook that there was a "large disturbance" in the food court at Cross Creek Mall. There were reports of shots being fired, but they appeared to be false. Several teenagers were involved in a fight though, and the fight quickly grew, leading to the mall to evacuate and shut down.
Also, Hulen Mall in Fort Worth, Texas, was put on lock-down due to an incident at the mall. Videos appear to show some type of brawl.
Police say no one was injured.
The Fox Valley Mall in Aurora, Illinois, experienced a large scale "disturbance," according to FOX40 sister station WGN-TV. Witnesses report that the fighting, predominantly among groups of teenage boys, began around 7:30 p.m.
The skirmishes stretched across several levels of the mall, and police and security were attacked while trying to break up the brawls.
The mall closed early after shoppers were evacuated.