SACRAMENTO -- Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg released a statement Sunday offering solutions to the recent violence in Sacramento.
Steinberg issued a statement, mentioning in part young people under the age of 18 should temporarily be required to have an adult present while inside Arden Fair Mall. His statement, released Sunday, says in part:
"It may also be necessary, at least temporarily, for Arden Fair to prohibit anyone under 18 from visiting the mall without a parent or guardian. It is sad that some mess it up for all, but Arden fair is a vital economic asset for our city. We have a responsibility to assure people the mall is safe. We cannot lose business for our City because we choose to look the other way."
Sacramento police responded to several fights breaking out at the mall Saturday, prompting officials to close the mall more than two hours early.
"She was running for her life and everybody behind her was running for their life," said Keyona Tiller.
Tiller told FOX40 her sister was shopping inside the mall with Tiller's two young children, including 2-year-old T’kai, when the fighting started. She said the family immediately ran for safety.
"She fell outside with the baby and that’s how he broke his leg," Tiller said.
Some of those fights, police say, spilled out into the parking lot during the busy holiday weekend.
"What’s gone on the last couple of days is just plain unacceptable," Steinberg said. "There is a requirement for everybody, regardless of who you are, regardless of your age."
A representative with Arden Fair Mall issued a statement in regards to Mayor Steinberg's comments, saying, "Arden Fair appreciates the comments by the mayor and supports the city’s commitment to youth in our community. We will continue to work with our civic partners to develop proactive measures for the entire community to enjoy safely."
The representative also added the mall is open to exploring options, including those presented by Steinberg.
"Regardless of whether kids have enough to do during the holiday break, that’s no excuse for some to ruin it for everybody," Steinberg said.
While Tiller said she’s keeping her son away from crowds while he heals, she’s hoping more is done to prevent something like this from happening again.
"It’s so sad that people are getting hurt to save themselves from kids that’s acting up in the mall," she said.
Arden Fair's representative also said the mall will stay open for scheduled times for the remainder of the holiday season.
So far, they say they've received reports of only one person injured during the melee.