Mall evacuated after brawl involving hundreds
LAUDERHILL, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police had to evacuate the Lauderhill Mall following a fight involving 200 to 300 people, Tuesday afternoon.
Cell phone video shows hundreds of teens rushing through the mall doors as a fight broke out at around 4:30 p.m.
According to police, the crowd gathered after a message on social media. Lauderhill Police Lt. Michael Butkus said, "It was officially reported that one of the social media outlets, either a Facebook account or a Twitter account, was actually used as a way to get a message out. What that message was, at this point, we don't know."
The original message was to watch two girls from two different neighborhoods fight. "There is no words ... I have never seen anything like this my whole life," said witness Nas Wilson.
One person was hit in the head and needed to be hospitalized.
Police maintained a large presence in the area to make sure those involved in the disturbance didn't come back. SWAT arrived on the scene as well. Police walked around with K-9s and rifles displayed in a show of force.
Shop owner Lee Jong said when he saw the crowd he shut his business doors. "Thirty or 40 kids coming in," he said.
The mall was closed for about an hour, but was later reopened for business.
No arrests have been made.
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