Police responding to reports of a fight in New Jersey the Mills at Jersey Gardens.
The day after Christmas was chaotic for shoppers in malls across the country as a series of battles led to the evacuations, several arrests and a lot of panic.
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The police in Ohio on Monday used pepper spray to disperse a large crowd after a fight in a shopping mall in Beachwood, a suburb of Cleveland. She told Fox 19 the skirmish was organized in part on social media.
Officers initially responded to the scene in the Beachwood Place mall for a report of shots fired. The police confirmed that there was no gunfire. She said that she took a minor into custody for battering a police officer.
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In Elizabeth, N. J., a fight led to panic in the Mills at Jersey Gardens after witnesses reported they heard a shot. As it turned out, it was just a chair thrown, Mayor J. Christian Bollwage said. Two people were injured in the panic, Fox 5 reported.
The police in Connecticut arrested several people after they said that fights broke out in The Shoppes at Buckland Hills mall.
Several hundred young people were in the mall at the time, Manchester police Capt. Chris Davis tweeted. He said crews evacuated the mall. There were no immediate reports of serious injuries.
In North Carolina, emergency medical personnel rushed to Fayetteville Cross Creek Mall after reports of a fight. The police were reviewing mall security video to see if the costs were justified, police Lt Todd Joyce said.
Meanwhile, the police outside of Denver evacuated the Centre of the City in the Aurora after the report of a “large disturbance.” They said there were no reports of anyone hurt.
Many shopping malls and shopping centres in the US, probably expecting the big crowds. Monday was a holiday for many companies and government institutions, the same day the post-Christmas sales began.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.